Book review: Homo Deus – By Yuval Noah Harari

Books are one of the most important instruments invented by humans, for the sake of sharing and passing information. Our capacity to understand where we are and why we are living this way, is possible only by observing our past and the process we passed. Only by obtaining this knowledge, we can start to have a better idea about where we are going to and what are our alternatives.

This book is the second book in this series. The first book Sapiens (Vintage Books) is a fascinating book about the history of our kind (yes, there were other kind of human we brought to extinction during our evolution) and the effect we had on our planet. For those of you who didn’t read it, it is highly recommended.

In his second book, Homo deus, Yuval Noah Harari is taking us into a journey observing many realistic possible future for our specie. It cover many philosophical aspect of our lives and challenge a lot of fundamental thought leading our current civilization. not like many other book, the amount of open questions presented in the end, allows the reader to enjoy the metaphysical concept raised long after you finish to read it.

I find the way this book is written in an extremely pleasant manner, the sense of humor and the way the topics are presented allowed me to arrive to deep toughs and fascinating conclusion while laughing and enjoying reading. The book present a large amount of general knowledge touching many relevant topics, which open to me a door to many interesting conversation and additional readings.

If you are interested in topics as practical evolution of technology, development of Artificial intelligence, Sociology, psychology and religion, this book is highly recommended for you.

Some quotes –

“This is the best reason to learn history: not in order to predict the future, but to free yourself of the past and imagine alternative destinies. Of course this is not total freedom – we cannot avoid being shaped by the past. But some freedom is better than none.”

“This is the paradox of historical knowledge. Knowledge that does not change behavior is useless. But knowledge that changes behavior quickly loses its relevance. The more data we have and the better we understand history, the faster history alters its course, and the faster our knowledge becomes outdated.”

“And what is ‘sensitivity’? It means two things. Firstly, paying attention to my sensations, emotions and thoughts. Secondly, allowing these sensations, emotions and thoughts to influence me.”

For more information about the book

Homo Deus (the most affordable version of book and E-book I managed to find)

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