Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

Book - 2017
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"Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style--thorough, yet riveting--famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald's than from being blown up by Al Qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century-- from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062464316
Branch Call Number: 909.83 H2125H 2017
Characteristics: 449 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Aug 05, 2020

SUPER underrated book. Sapiens was great, but Homo Deus is greater. Literally tears up everything you believe in and enlightens almost to the point of excess. Hard to stomach, but once you do, it turns into a beautiful work. Made me feel like I never have before.

Jul 03, 2020

In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari described the three pivotal moments of humankind’s history: the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. ⁣

Homo Deus is also divided into three sections: Homo Sapiens Conquers the World, Homo Sapiens Gives Meaning, and Homo Sapiens Loses Control.⁣

The questions Harari tackles are insightful but frightening: ⁣

▪️If it is only the Cognitive Revolution (aka imagination, storytelling, and cooperation) that allowed humans to shape the world, what does it mean for our long-cherished “unique” level of consciousness and consequent “superiority”? ⁣

▪️If democracy’s triumph over other ideologies including communism is (partly) a result of its efficiency and the historic time, will it remain dominant in the age of AI and big data? ⁣

▪️Harari also proposes that we are now worshipping humanity. Religions once ruled our lives through scriptures, but now we prefer to tap into our feelings. Yet once data understand us better than we do ourselves, whose rules will we be adhering to then? ⁣

Last but not least, I want to briefly explore Harari’s question about humanity, for humanity. ⁣

The medicinal field had once worked to alleviate the pains of those whose impairments had rendered them “below average,” but now, with the rise of aesthetic surgery and genetic manipulation, the field might become the tool with which the privileged permanently secure their advantage. ⁣

Will superhumans become the norm and homo sapiens obsolete? What will be the next step of our evolution? ⁣

Of course, Harari is not saying that everything discussed in the book will come true but is rather considering the possibilities by examining history and human nature. In Harari’s own words, ⁣

“Knowledge that does not change behavior is useless. But knowledge that changes behavior quickly loses its relevance.” ⁣

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Jan 16, 2020

I started with Chapter 7. It stood out to me for some reason. I quickly began to tune out in the third paragraph. Harari states, "God's death did not lead to social collapse." Firstly, God is very much still alive in the hearts and minds of humanity. Whether or not many of these people are truly connected to this divine creator is absolutely up for debate, but the search does not appear to waver. Secondly, Harari states that there has been no social collapse in God's perceived absence. Again, a highly debatable statement. If humanity no longer recognizes it's sickness... does it cease to be sick? Harari would do well to ponder Kierkegaard. Even C.S. Lewis in The Abolition of Man spoke about a "reprogramming" of the learning human mind by attacking it where it traditionally grows... in the educational system. If you reduce humanity to just "functioning machines"

Finally, Harari states in the same paragrapgh, "...those that pose the greatest threat to global law and order are precisely those people who continue to believe in God and His all-encompassing plans. God-fearing Syria is a far more violent place than atheist Netherlands."

With one broad stroke he paints all those believe in a personal Creator (Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.) as violent and the real problem. His example? An Islamic state. And then he proceeds to cherry pick an "atheist" country to show how awesome the godless are.


Harari needs to spend more time studying history. NO ONE, NOT ONE WORLD VIEW is exempt from disgusting and horrific behavior.

The jungle of humanity could be handed a shiny, perfect thing and it would find a way to use that shiny perfect thing to extinguish those that stand in it's way. It has happened time and again. What level of success does Harari think humanity has of surviving itself? Let alone the cruel inescapable nature of the universe (if all we have to rely on is humanism)?

Sorry, Yuval. I had high hopes for this book. I was looking for a challenging read. But all you gave me was another shovel full of dirt to "bury God" in order to build a belief system in the shape of His creation upon that ground.

I do believe it is inevitable... but I also believe it will fail and have a far bloodier consequence.

Aug 27, 2019

First off, this is a voluminous work that should be cut down by at least half. This editing would allow more focus on the themes, and more room to elaborate on what are very important areas of perspective and thought.

The discussion about the three dominant social movements in the 20th C-- liberalism, socialism and humanism-- and their inter-relationships was useful. These all have strengths and weakness despite ones values and beliefs. Harari argues that their influence is waning by the end of the 20th C.

The author suggests that the 21st C will be one of two possibilities -- what Harari calls techno-humanism and/or dataism. Data becomes the new religion, replacing the traditional ones. Information replaces individualism. undercutting the humanism of the Enlightenment and the institutions we know and rely on.

I am not sure I'm ready for the Data Revolution. It is developing at a breakneck speed. What will arise? How will we function in it? Nobody really knows. These are the pondurables that make this an important topic.

Jul 29, 2019

This is a challenging book to read. Be prepared to have your roots rocked. Come with an open mind. There are questions to ponder. Over all I found this to be an excellent book, lots of good thoughts.

Jan 03, 2019

The author provides an excellent narrative that is engrossing though the complexity of predicting the future is always flawed ( as the author admits). The author does not have perfect knowledge of the subjects and the conclusions are subjective. Despite the books flaws it is definitely readable and provides many points worth contemplating. Worth it if you are interested.

Oct 25, 2018

I really love Yuval Noah Harari's writing <3 Here are some interesting thoughts from this book that I would like to learn more about -

(1) Is human mind or consciousness just a by-product to the complex biochemical brain network? If yes, then it is probably too dangerous (or too silly) to take our thoughts seriously. If no, then probably the mind needs a LOT more understanding.
(2) Is "I" an imaginary story, just like gods, nations and money? If no, what is I? If yes, then that changes a LOT of things and probably we should equip ourselves more for this possibility.
(3) It is really very very alarming to think of the kind of changes we humans are making to the world around us. All the best minds of our time are focused on making machines process large and countless data that's inscrutable to human brain. Will this really lead to dataisms and a dystopian ending? If not, what are the alternatives? What can we do to steer this scientific curiosity in the right direction? If that is not in our hands, what else are we to do?

I highly recommend this book to everyone! Though, I would suggest that you read Sapiens before you start on this, that way you'll get more context to the author's writings.

Jul 22, 2018

Most convincing alternative outcomes of the future of homo sapiens from past to the future, as Juval leads the reader of its evolution to its demise. This book ends with three questions for readers to ponder:
1. Are organisms just algorithm and life just data processing?
2. What is more valuable, intelligence or consciousness?
3. What will happen to society, politics and daily life when highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves?

Jun 22, 2018

Prof. Harari is clearly the product of a feminist indoctrination centre, err I mean university. I think it's well written but I think he's out in left field on most of his points. He praises feminism though it is cancer and worries about climate change though it is fantasy. These are both pc dogma that he presents as undeniable facts. He equates science with religion which is nonsense. Science is self correcting and always challenging and updating its understanding of nature whilst religion is divine revelation, accepted on faith, that cannot be challenged. Although I can buy that religion and political affiliation are cut from the same cloth. Tell me where someone was born and raised and I've got a pretty good shot at guessing their politics and religion correctly. He plays with semantics a lot and words have a very fluid meaning. Music and poli sci are science. Wha??? He displays a very shoddy understanding of economics and doesn't understand why one wouldn't be happy to sit on a hundred grand. That's easy, inflation. What you'll get for that hundred grand will be far less in 25 years or whatever than you'll get today. I think he's overly optimistic about science and technology fixing all humanity's problems. I think gynocentrism and economics will play the largest role in the immediate future. Gynocentrism has led to poor birth rates in the 1st world, misandry is driving men underground, and the welfare state is unsustainable. I think what's coming isn't a god-like state but rather, collapse.

Cynthia_N Feb 12, 2018

A good read but I did not enjoy it as much as Sapiens. Homo Deus presents a grim view of the future.

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