Homo Deus

Homo Deus

Non-Fiction, Education
Paperback Published on: 23/03/2017
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Synopsis

Like firefighters in a world without fire, so humankind in the twenty-first century needs to ask itself an unprecedented question: what are we going to do with ourselves? In a healthy, prosperous and harmonious world, what will demand our attention and ingenuity? This question becomes doubly urgent given the immense new powers that biotechnology and information technology are providing us with. What will we do with all that power?

During the twentieth century, humankind has managed to do the impossible: we have brought famine, plague and war under control. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed in war.

We are the only species in earth's long history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we no longer expect any higher being to shape our destinies for us.

As Homo sapiens becomes Homo deus, what new destinies will we set for ourselves? As the self-made gods of planet earth, which projects should we undertake, and how will we protect this fragile planet and humankind itself from our own destructive powers?

In this vivid, challenging new book, Yuval Noah Harari examines the implications of our newly acquired divine powers, from our desperate pursuit of happiness to our dogged quest for immortality. He explores how Homo sapiens conquered the world, our current predicament and our possible futures. And, above all, he asks the fundamental questions: How do we avoid destruction, and what new world should we create? What do we want to become?

A specialist in World History, military history and medieval history, Yuval Noah Harari is best known for his investigations into macro-historical questions concerning the relationship between history and science, the origins of mankind and its future. Amongst his publications are the bestselling books Sapiens and Homo Deus.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784703936
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Weight: 452g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm

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Homo Deus
A penetrating analysis of our modern world
If you are concerned about trends in modern society and want to understand how they are shaping the world our children and grandchildren will live in you m... READ MORE
tattiehowker
Homo Deus
Completely worth your time.
Following on from Sapiens this book is a delight to read. As an IT technician I found the concepts explored fascinating and sometimes terrifying. In a wor... READ MORE
henryhooverville
Homo Deus
Interesting and unconvincing
Though this book is full of interesting ideas and arguments, too often the author makes questionable generalizations that and not backed up - "any expert w... READ MORE
Barney Woodhouse
Homo Deus
yes
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JAMES W PETERS
Homo Deus
Death by data?
This thought provoking and at times alarming book is a compelling work of philosophy rather than a mere technological description of the future. The autho... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
Homo Deus
Homo arrogant
I truly hated this book. The author flits from subject to subject, makes numerous unfounded assumptions, and has a misguided faith that "humanism" can solv... READ MORE
Alan Davis
Homo Deus
Hugely Informative.
I really enjoyed reading this hugely informative book. Yuval Harari describes what the future could look like for mankind and the various roads which could... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Homo Deus
Impactful Writing!- when intelligence and consciousness traverse hand in hand;
Very well woven account of the contemporary world. Quiet a palatable read, for the conception and reception of the recent image of the world of Sapiens. E... READ MORE
Sayantani Majumder
Homo Deus
Fantastic
This book has been an enormously stimulating and enjoyable read. I know some readers have criticised Hariri's sometimes sweeping statements, or questioned ... READ MORE
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