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By: Yuval Noah Harari
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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade...

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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. 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 1,000 times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds 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 21st 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. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times best seller, Harari maps out our future.

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Humans are toast; the data religion will rule Review by Dan
Most of this is not about “tomorrow” but about yesterday and today. Most of the material that pertains most directly to the future begins with Chapter 8 which is two-thirds of the way into the book. But no matter. This is another brilliant book by the very learned and articulate Professor Harari. It should be emphasized that Harari is by profession a historian. It is remarkable that he can also be not only a futurist but a pre-historian as well as evidenced by his previous book, “Sapiens.”

This quote from page 15 may serve as a point of departure: “Previously the main sources of wealth were material assets such as gold mines, wheat fields and oil fields. Today the main source of wealth is knowledge.” (p. 15)

In the latter part of the book Harari defines this knowledge more precisely as algorithms. We and all the plants in the ground and all fish in the sea are biological algorithms. There is no “self,” no free will, no individuals (he says we are “dividuals”) no God in the sky, and by the way, humans as presently constituted are toast.

(Posted on 10/22/2023)
The Historian as Prophet Review by Peter
In antiquity, a prophet was a person who could see the hand of God moving in history. Dr. Harari leads us to redefine ‘prophet’ as a historian who sees the hand of technology moving in history. This is a compelling and very well-written book.

I simply could not resist its sub-title: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book is a thorough exploration of the economic and religious currents driven by the accelerating advance of technology in our time. The world today is a largely free market capitalist economy worshipping the religion of secular humanism. This pair has brought Homo Sapiens to for the first time since the invention of agriculture and hence civilization, to a world largely free of famine, plague, and war. What’s to conquer next, death? Can we become Homo Deus, or will the technology we must depend on to achieve that goal get ahead of us and itself sit in the driver’s seat of history as a new religion of Dataism?

My favorite, perhaps because I long taught this in my classes was: “Radical Islam poses no serious threat to the liberal package, because for all their fervor the zealots don’t really understand the world of the twenty-first century, and have nothing relevant to say about the novel dangers and the opportunities that new technologies are generating all around us.” They are blindsided by the very modernity they reject, and it will leave them behind like the Madhist rebellion and its Islamic state in the Sudan in the late 1900s was left behind. Sure, they will kill a lot of Westerners and many more Middle Easterners, but they too will pass into oblivion. This book is a must read for the historian, the theologian, and the technologist. Unlike Alexander Graham Bell, we will not one day say: “What hath God wrought,” but rather “What have we wrought.”

(Posted on 3/6/2022)
Thought Provoking Review by Lawrence
This is a thought-provoking book, that provides a set of questions and issues to focus on when thinking about the shape of the future of humanity. Harari's starting point is that since humanity is no longer limited in major ways by the traditional curses of famine, epidemic and war, then humanity can more ambitiously take on projects, like longevity, that would have appeared god-like to earlier generations. But on the other hand, the technology that has enabled so much improvement in the quality of life also threatens mass unemployment because of quantum improvements in artificial intelligence and computing power. This could create an existential problem for humans: if their labor is not required for the economy, what are people good for?

The author does a very good job of describing the changes that science of technology have had on culture and society. But at the same time, he undervalues the contributions and role of religion and philosophy. His thesis is that the traditional theistic religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam have been supplanted by "humanism." This is interesting, but unless you are a fundamentalist Christian, secular philosophies like humanism or Marxism are not religions. For Harari, religions are about organizing society, but there are many other non-social functions that religion performs that are not addressed by political philosophy such as transcendent meaning, the nature of the divinity and potential access to the divine. He also narrowly sees Judaism, Christianity and Islam as religions that seek answers in their sacred books (again like a fundamentalist caricature), when in fact those religions rely heavily on interpretation and post-scriptural scholarship and traditions, which evolve over time. Just imagine how much you would be missing of the three Abrahamic faiths if you looked only at the Tannakh (or Old Testament), the New Testament and the Koran.

Harari points out that humanism is being challenged by scientific findings that undermine basic understandings of the self (such as there is a unitary "me" that has free will). In fact these beliefs have been challenged for centuries by both philosophy and religion. Harari also makes the assumption that the mind is the same as the brain. This has been a thorny problem in philosophy for generations, because knowing all about brains does not give us access to the subjective experience of what it is like to be another person. Likewise he dismisses the soul as a fiction, but since the soul is non an empirical entity, it cannot be disproved by empirical science.

(Posted on 3/5/2022)
Evolutionary Experience Review by Michael
First Sapiens, then this back to back. I feel like I transversed into a new era of man like in the ending sequence of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Life changing work.

(Posted on 1/3/2019)
really great if you want to hear theories Review by julian
really good and thought provoking ideas of Future. some ideas are more realistic than others but I loved his thoughts on future religion.

(Posted on 12/19/2018)
Modern relevance Review by Dustin
Love unfolding a great bridge between non-fiction and sci-fi. Unique take on a dystopian future. Strong points, 10/10 would recommend

(Posted on 12/19/2018)
1/3 of the book was actually interesting Review by Logan
Where Harari writes about the future and the technology that is coming the book is actually interesting and thought provoking, but about 2/3 is devoted to him narrating history through his own biases. Such as throughout the book he condemns religion for all sorts of reasons, and yet claims our feelings are algorithms for understanding the world, as if religious teachings don't distill thousands of years of contemplation and wisdom about human feelings and cultural understanding.
All in all if your a Secular Liberal Humanist, whom sympathizes with Marx and Lenin, this book will speak right to you and reinforce your beliefs and cement your biases even further, as this book may as well be propaganda.

(Posted on 12/19/2018)
Enthralling Review by BestBookSales Customer
I felt that the author used his knowledge of history and the modern world to paint an enigmatic portrait of the future. I was impressed and captivated throughout. The amount of research and study it took to put his works together is a representation of the questions and ideas that he presents. His seemingly dark yet profound outlook on free will made me question my own foundational beliefs of cognition, while simultaneously, his relentless use of scientific facts and sound theories gave little room to argue. It is somewhat disheartening to entertain the idea that the world as we know it may be spiraling out of control, but comforting at the same time that the spiraling effect may answer the unanswerable questions that we humans have always had and never been able to answer. As far as the evolution of technology goes, I am an idealist of the Jacque Fresco school of thought. There is no reason to believe that we can't mutually coexist with technology and benefit from it no matter how advanced it becomes, barring the wrong people aren't influential enough to lead it down a path of avarice and clandestine ends. However, Harari's outlined suppositions possess an almost magnetic captivation, due to his matter of fact approach. His logic and reasoning are grounded with mostly objective knowledge. Unless you are primarily a subjective, spiritual, or religious person, it would be hard to argue his positions. And even then, you would be overwhelmed by the vast amount of knowledge. Being that he knows more about the various religions of the world than most people know about their own religion.

If you are a religious person that is scared to death to have your foundation shaken, this book isn't for you. Wether you take that as a challenge or a warning is up to you. At the very least this book will make a religious person very upset.

(Posted on 12/17/2018)
Harari's Outtakes from Sapiens Review by Kylie
This entire book gave the impression of an attempt to present mundane rhetorical tricks as profound insights. The majority of the book was colored by a recasting of the definition of 'religion' in a way that added or elucidated nothing but was instead used for dramatic effect. This book felt like it was presenting material that had been cut from Harari's Sapiens (a better book indeed). I am tempted to believe that Harari was surprised by the success of Sapiens and simply wrote Homo Deus as a cash grab. I wish that I had not paid him for the scheme.

(Posted on 12/17/2018)
Love love this book. Recommend to everyone. Review by ilva Banka-okorie
One of the best book I have ever read. And I have read a lot of books. It is so deep and reasonable that it is scary. Author has amazing ability to analyse us, world.
Opens up our horizont by millions miles.

(Posted on 12/17/2018)
good thoughts and pondering. liked it much. Review by M. Kovgan
the book needs not much of a comment, although if you're too deep into religious dogma, it may be challenging to look at some subjects of the book from writer's perspective.

I was afraid a bit it's yet another sequel a lá "rambo#4".
but it's been self sufficient and interesting, no regrets.

if we start looking at the "material covered" in both popular books by Mr. Harari, the first one, interesting as it may be, is not a prerequisite to understand this one.

so you are free to read only one, in either order, or both, like I have.

(Posted on 12/7/2018)
Mandatory reading Review by DRG
As other reviewers have noted, the third part of this book is the most impressive. The first 40% of the book felt like a "... last time, in sapiens ..." rehashing, but it's welcomed and genuinely different from sapiens. The latter half of the book is new, engaging and absolutely brilliant. Harari is an entertaining writer and his synthesis of information is concise and easy to follow. I imagine 10 years from now this book will appear as click bait (or whatever equivalent we then have) saying "This is the book that predicted it all."

(Posted on 12/7/2018)
A Realist's View of our Future Reality Review by aaron
I really liked Harari's previous work, Sapiens. A lot. But, holy crap, where did this come from??!

This book is so expansive, so entertaining, so prescient, and so crammed with refreshing wisdom that I don't even know where to begin!

I'll start by saying this is one of the top three modern philosophical EPICS of our time. It paints a future that is not only believable, but -for the most part - unavoidable. Its common sense anecdotes are insightful, which seems like an oxymoron at first, but makes sense when you really think about it. Like Jerry Seinfeld, Harari has a way of making you see reality through a lens that you never knew existed before; or maybe you knew it existed, but were always too afraid to hold it up to your iris.

Everyone should read this book. I don't say that lightly, either. EVERYONE. It will make you see reality differently. And, at the end of the day, any book that can do that is WELL WORTH your time!

(Posted on 11/1/2018)
Sapiens was better Review by Paul Grøstad
Sapiens was much better. This book is to speculative to be taken seriously. Cherry picking research to suit the narrative

(Posted on 10/16/2018)
Fun But With A Couple O' Caveats-- Review by Gillian
The only reason I'm not giving this a 5-star rating for the story is because this might not be what you think it's going to be. I thought it was going to be a more humane version of something like Michio Kaku's "Physics of the Future."
Nooooooot quite...

First of all, I had a blast listening to "Homo Deus". Harari is a sublime writer, oh so humorous and wry, and Derek Perkins is flawless in his delivery.
But let me say: I haven't read/listened to "Sapiens", but I think this book might have quite a bit of the same text/situations. After all, Harari himself says you might've heard it before, but one has to know how we got from point A all the way to where we are now. This happens fairly frequently throughout the book. For me, that's no problem: It was engaging, enlightening, entertaining through and through.
Then there's the fact that there's not a whole lot of time given to what may happen in the future. Sure, plague, famine, war and all that have been made manageable and now we're seeking immortality, bliss, and divinity... but, uhm, how exactly? Harari makes a few suggestions, and you get soooo tantalizingly close to some pretty mind-blowing ideas, but then he pulls back and Wham! "From a historical perspective," "in the past," "back in the days of the Crusades," stuff like that. Back to how we got here.

Okay, that said, this is an utterly delightful book that explains humanism, liberalism, Data-ism, any kind of ism you ever wanted to know about in a profound and witty way. You'll hear about nanotechnology, genetic engineering, and artificial intelligence. If you like religious studies, history of all kinds, some light science, this is for you. If you want to know why Millennials are the way they are, why the election went the way it did (Facebook, my friends), why we're into a whole new world with new economic, ecological outlooks, this book is for you.
And if you want to wind up questioning EVERYthing you've ever believed about ANYthing, go for it.

And if you want to look at animals in a different light from this day forward?
Harari's got that too...

(Posted on 10/12/2018)

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