Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

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"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 a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald's 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 twenty-first 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" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062464316
Branch Call Number: 909.83 HAR
Characteristics: 449 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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I recommended Harari’s previous book Sapiens in last summer’s reading list, and this provocative follow-up is just as challenging, readable, and thought-provoking. Homo Deus argues that the principles that have organized society will undergo a huge shift in the 21st century, with major consequenc... Read More »

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Feb 14, 2018

The History of a Tomorrow Without God
By John Horvat II

(sidebar to this review: “The author is Yuval Noah Harari, a history professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books have…enjoyed endorsements from people like former President Barack Obama and Bill Gates.)

The bestselling book, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, is dangerous for Catholics of little faith. Rarely do you see a book that is so cunningly written to shake certainties and present as inevitable a stark and Godless future now being planned.

The value of the book is not found in reading it. In fact, most shouldn’t read it. Not everyone can plow through the prose of this formidable overpriced tome. There is no reason to expose yourself needlessly to the book’s flippant statements about religion that border on blasphemy. ...

... Whether the world will finally reach the point of Homo deus is uncertain. The book is an expressive conformation of where the other side is now headed.

For those of little or no faith, Homo Deus is a dangerous book. Its ideas represent yet another step in the destruction of what remains of moral order. It is a shame that such an acclaimed book is not even on the radar of so many that should defend the Faith. It could be the timely topic of sermons that would affirm the Church’s teaching on the soul, sin and free will. Instead, it goes unchallenged undermining certainties, doing harm to souls and preparing for a macabre tomorrow without God.

If you have strong faith, you will experience this book as a battle of certainties. You will perceive the author’s anti-natural vision of tomorrow for what it is: yet one more frustrated attempt to break away from the moral law. You will denounce it as an effort to destroy the image and likeness of God as found in the soul, free will and unitary person."


Dec 21, 2017

I have read Sapiens beforehand, so it felt that the first 300 pages was just to bring new readers up to date with the info from Sapiens. The last 100 pages were informative, but I was expecting more. A little repetitive and the author could be more concise in my opinion.

Sep 30, 2017

Nothing new if you're at all educated. If you're not--then a great, mind-opening book!

Sep 19, 2017

I think the author present a lot of established ideas across many fields as if they're his own ideas, so that bothered me. Overall, I enjoyed his style, and the most striking arguments he made were: humanism is the preeminent "religion" of our time, and humanism will be undone by it's own followers.

Sep 13, 2017

I have to agree with the NYT review, the author's breezy style seems to carry his arguments, but then again . . . are we really just a collection of algorithms? Is free will just an illusion? I followed his train of thought through several chapters, and in the end, I just didn't buy it. He didn't convince me that his is the only possible future. What was new and convincing to me was his argument that currently, a (non-theist) Humanism is, worldwide, our overriding belief or value system. Beyond that, he didn't sell me.

Jun 27, 2017

Absolutely one of the best books I, too, have read in quite some time. Following the history laid out here is a remarkable journey and one that I am glad I took. Building knowledge such as what is here has been tremendously helpful in my critical thinking process as to the here and now to say nothing of the future! Clear, concise, factual and layman easy to read. I truly recommend reading this history, current happenings and vision into tomorrow.

Apr 14, 2017

One of the best books I have ever read. A great sequel to his previous book. His arguments over free will are thought provoking.


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