Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Paperback – 23 March 2017
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Shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted and accessible manner ― Jarvis Cocker
Even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens -- Kazuo Ishiguro ― Guardian Books of the Year
An exhilarating book that takes the reader deep into questions of identity, consciousness and intelligence ― Observer
A brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading. ― Evening Standard
Spellbinding… a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart ― Guardian
An intoxicating brew of science, philosophy and futurism. ― Mail on Sunday
Yuval Noah Harari is the most entertaining and thought-provoking writer of non-fiction at the moment. As with Sapiens, you finish the book feeling much wiser -- Matt Haig
It is thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines... Harrari's skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew... the result is scintillating -- John Thornhill ― Financial Times
What elevates Harari above many chroniclers of our age is his exceptional clarity and focus. -- Josh Glancy ― Sunday Times
About the Author
Prof Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in sixty languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as 'even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens'. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was a Number One Bestseller and was described by Bill Gates as 'fascinating' and 'crucial'. Harari worked closely with renowned comics illustrator Daniel Casanave and co-writer David Vandermeulen to create his latest book, an adaptation of his first bestseller, Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1.
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- Item Weight : 452 g
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784703931
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784703936
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Vintage (23 March 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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...
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.
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.