HOMO DEUS: Brief History Of Tomorow PB
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- ISBN 9781784703936
- Author HARARI NOAH YUVAL
- Pub Date 01/01/2017
Sapiens shows us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we’re going. Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first cen
Sapiens shows us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we’re going. Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life....
It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in July 2019- 'Harari, who says little about his personal worldview though might be a secular Jew, is one of the most influential thinkers today and he mixes his study of history with a touch of futurology. His last book Sapiens was a ground-breaking account of the history of humanity. Homo Deus feels like a sequel, but a bit more disappointing.
The book begins promisingly by pointing out that, in relatively recent history, some of the great scourges of humanity such as war, famine and disease have begun to disappear due to human ingenuity. Harari then touches on a number of human social and economic systems and discusses their contributions to human development while opting for his preference for western liberalism. Much of his analysis of humanity’s history is interesting and optimistic. However, he is generally negative about religious belief and he ignores the huge contribution that Judiasm and in particular Christianity have made to human and Western development in much the same way as atheist thinkers such as Steven Pinkler have done.
As Harari looks to the future of the human race he suggests that the elites will have a better time than the rest and human ingenuity will enable that. He points out that historically sanitation and health care was made available to the masses not least because we needed large numbers of healthy soldiers and workers. He believes that the same ingenuity will be poured into genetics and transhumanism in order to grant long life, health and accentuated abilities for the winners in the human race and the ordinary masses will have a less privileged existence. This depressing picture of the future may well have an element of truth. However, only time will tell and this presupposes Harari’s secular worldview will become the globally dominant position. Actually, the world is becoming more and not less religious, another fact Harari ignores. It all gives the impression that while Harari is undoubtedly clever and learned, he is also narrow minded and consequently somewhat naïve. The reality is, in God’s sovereignty his dystopian nightmare might never happen. However, the book does demonstrate powerfully how an imagination that ignores the reality of God can crawl down some very dark paths.'
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Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage; 01 edition (23 Mar. 2017)
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm