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- Publisher: Vintage Digital; 01 edition (8 September 2016)
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I took quite sometime to read this because the information and analysis was done over years of study with references from many papers/journals/conferences.
Enjoyed the book thoroughly and cheers to Yuval Noah Harari for this masterpiece.
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The book leaves one wondering how our children and grandchildren would navigate this world. Nature and her magic are still completely unpredictable, for every new solution she tends to throw up many more problems. This is a book that must be read by every one to understand where we stand today.
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The best thing about it is the way Harari effortlessly threads different fields of anthropology, biology, neuroscience, behavioural economics, economics, psychology, history and philosophy.
I would say that some of the terminology could be easier to grasp; his breakdown of the liberalism world view and dataism could go over the heads of the layman.
Harai is a visionary; and this book sets out a well-backed up case for a warning for humanity as we approach an age dominated by genetic modification, AI and super-humans.
I know some readers have criticised Hariri's sometimes sweeping statements, or questioned the depth of his technical knowledge but, for me, this misses the point. Harari is not writing an academic treatise; he has produced a unique blend of history, science, philosophy and psychology designed to make us think about the future, based on what we know about human nature from our past.
I have learned a lot that is new from the book and every page gives me a new way of thinking about things I already knew, insights which I can already relate to things that are happening around me. For example, a recent BBC2 series, 'Secrets of Silicon Valley' where extremely clever and even more extremely rich men explain to us how their technology will 'disrupt' the world we know in ways which will empower the little guy. In actual fact little guys in Barcelona can no longer buy a house thanks to Airbnb, little guys in India are taking their own lives because they cannot repay the debts that Uber 'misled' them into taking on and 'little' truck drivers are assisting in their own demise by helping to test a new fleet of driverless trucks.
Occasionally, questioning one or two of the book's more dramatic claims, I have found myself checking and researching areas of knowledge which I would never have ventured into otherwise, and learning a lot more as a result.
We all need to sharpen up our critical thinking skills as the rich and powerful pull further away from the rest of us, leaving us poorer and much more powerless.. This book helps us to do that, and does it in a intelligent, humane, witty and very, very readable way.
Discussion of where we might go tomorrow is too short and badly thought through; very badly thought through in fact.
Almost like it was constructed from existing material with a new ending added on. I haven't read Sapiens yet, but I'm suspicious that might the existing material bit...
It certainly helps me come to terms with my thoughts and beliefs about religion and humanity. It turns out I am a liberal humanist, now who would have thought!
It answers questions for me, such as “why are we here” (Why does there have to be a “why”?) and “where are we going?”
If I had stopped and put my thoughts down on paper, used common sense and considered the technical and medical world as it is, I would probably have come to the same conclusion contained in the book. It’s all a bit obvious, but we don’t think of it, and so we don’t know how to answer those questions. Do we really believe medical advances are going to slow down or stop? Do we really believe that technology advances are going to slow down or stop? The answer to both is “no”.
So, if that’s the case, it’s obvious that we will inevitably achieve immortality once aging and disease have been removed.
So then what? Imagine increasing our lives by just a quarter. When do we stop work? How do we support ourselves? What meaning will we have in our long long lives? Where’s the food coming from?
I love this book and I’m going to have to read it again, because it’s difficult to take it all in the first time through.
The later are often very one sided and uninformed relying more on cute factoids than real research. Even more puzzling are the smug and unpleasant rants which add little.
It's meant to be a popular work & if you're new to the thoughts of cultural studies or behavioural economics this may be a good starting point for discussion. But since the author is an academic I think it's very unfortunate he didnt produce a book with greater rigour- esp as the middle section is more boring than many textbooks I've struggled through in my studies!
It definitely requires concentration and willingness to put the book down and think. Some hard truths and major questions arising from the discourse, and a year down the line from completing this book the stark political landscape of 2017 is already lending credence to some of the darkest predictions made about the future of humanity. It’s in our hands to reverse the flow, but it can’t be done unless people understand and think clearly about the alternatives.
"in the last 100 years, life expectancy double. Therefore, we can expect it to double again in the next 100 years".
After reading Sapiens I was really looking forward to this, but in the end I found it a bit disappointing. There are lots of thought provoking ideas (particularly about animal welfare in modern farming), but some sections drag a bit and you sometimes feel like you've wandered into a lecture.
I also think the author might be on shakier ground when discussing the future, rather than the past. In particular, some of the predictions about nanotechnology and biotechnology don't really stand up (we won't ever have nanobots "swimming" through our blood because viscosity and the blood cells themselves would overwhelm them) and as the author doesn't really go into the science in any detail there is little to support the assertions made. He doesn't have a great record with predictions anyway - in Sapiens (written in 2014) he predicted that nationalism would decline around the world...
So if you've read Sapiens you know what to expect, and if you haven't, read Sapiens first.
Clearly written, compelling and challenging views on what the 21st century has in store for the human race. The book is chock-full of disconcerting insights and uncomfortable truths that left me with a sense of what it must have been like to have read Origin of the species, shortly after its release.
Brilliant blend of scientific and techological concepts. Most however you already know or intuitively know about. But this is what makes it such an easy read. Its far from academic material, it’s more in the popular-science category. But got to respect Harari on how he cleverly puts togehther a readable story that crosses many disciplies.
Appreciated Homo Deus more than Sapiens which annoyed me quite often because of its simplicity and the many views / assumptions stated as facts. Perhaps I was little better prepared this time.
Excellent beach literature... but take it with a couple of beers
I agree techno-humanism is philosophically flawed, but dataism (as described in this book) is too reductionist or what Marxists would call mechanical materialist. As a Marxist I believe in dialectical materialism. As the author says in the book, in the humanist age there is the "humanist yin" to the "scientific yang", so where is the "yin" corresponding to the dataist "yang" described here? Dataism isn't a complete ideological system yet, there would need to be a corresponding system of meaning and spirituality.
One simple way to put it might be that the reductionist account of "data" focuses too much on "quantity" and not enough on "quality". True, biological systems are more effective data processors than chemical systems, and human social systems are more effective data processors than animal biological systems. But this is not merely a quantitative increase. Biology operates at a more emergent level of complexity than chemistry, and society in turn operates at a more emergent level of complexity than biology. In our society today dominated by the capitalist market, it is easy to excessively focus on quantity at the expense of quality, for capitalism often measures things in very linear numerical terms. But dataism ultimately supersedes capitalism. It ultimately operates at a higher and more emergent level of complexity.
But yes some very interesting ideas, as the author himself says, in ancient times power is based on access to information, now it is more based on knowing what to ignore. Quality over quantity.