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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari

Thoughts: Similar to Sapiens, this book has a bunch of truisms that are stated as facts. Some assertions are supported with a half-dozen references, while others have none. In spite of this, there are a bunch of stimulating and worthwhile ideas - Harari takes a big, zoomed-out view of the world/history. He writes in a clear, no-nonsense style (and has a habit of describing a potential future in a forceful style that on its surface implies certainty, reaching the end of the story, and saying something to the effect of “right, so we don’t know whether this will happen - it’s only one of a range of possible futures”) and employs rather idiosyncratic definitions of “religion” and “humanism”.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Harari, Yuval Noah. 2015. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. Signal.

1. The New Human Agenda

Part I: Homo Sapiens Conquers the World

2. The Anthropocene

3. The Human Spark

Part II: Homo Sapiens Gives Meaning to the World

4. The Storytellers

5. The Odd Couple

6. The Modern Covenant

7. The Humanist Revolution

Part III: Homo Sapiens Loses Control

8. The Time Bomb in the Laboratory

9. The Great Decoupling

10. The Ocean of Consciousness

11. The Data Religion


Posted: Oct 18, 2022. Last updated: Aug 31, 2023.