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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. T

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Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Harper (first published March 2015)
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Melanie One of those rare books which exceeds expectations. If you enjoyed Sapiens you will want to read Homo Deus, it is possibly the most thought provoking…moreOne of those rare books which exceeds expectations. If you enjoyed Sapiens you will want to read Homo Deus, it is possibly the most thought provoking book of the year. (less)
Adrien Lemaire Although you'll find repetitions between the books, it won't do you much harm, for the volume of information dispensed is too large for one to…moreAlthough you'll find repetitions between the books, it won't do you much harm, for the volume of information dispensed is too large for one to completely assimilate everything in a single read.

I strongly suggest reading Sapiens first, as it'll make you more appreciative of the quality of information taught throughout the book, and will make it more receptive to the predictions divulged in Homo Deus. (less)

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Emma
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a profoundly shocking piece of writing, a tactic which Yuval Noah Harari uses to great effect in getting readers to think about society today. The book is ostensibly about the future of mankind, but really is a means of highlighting how current trends in science, technology, humanity etc may progress and asks if that's really how we want things to go. It's philosophy. That big question that has been posed throughout the ages: how should we live? He makes clear that his hypotheses are onl ...more
Andrej Karpathy
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book reads like the author read a number of popular science articles, watched some sci-fi movies, attended a transhumanist meetup, got just a bit high on weed and then started writing.
Riku Sayuj
Homo Obsoletus

The audacious first act, Sapiens, ended with a wild and apocalyptic prophesy - that the Sapiens were cooking up the next epochal revolution that will overshadow the previous three: the cognitive, agricultural and scientific/industrial revolutions. Home Deus, the second act, is the full exploration of that prophesy.

Both Sapiens and Homo Deus are compulsory reading in my book, even though the macro-history presented is plenty vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. But then, it might be
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Darwin8u
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“Every day millions of people decide to grant their smartphone a bit more control over their lives or try a new and more effective antidepressant drug. In pursuit of health, happiness and power, humans will gradually change first one of their features and then another, and another, until they will no longer be human.”
― Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Harari takes us, with this continuation to his blockbuster book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, from the past to t
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Nir
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Harari is a fantastic historian: he writes effortlessly and fascinatingly about historic trends, and has a great big picture perspective of the revolutions and contexts of historical progression.

Harari, however, is not a good futurologist and an absolutely terrible cognitive scientist. Being educated in Cognitive Science and technology myself, all I can say, with the utmost respect I can offer to a fellow Israeli, is that he's full of shit.

Homo Deus is an attempt to make a sequel to the wildly p
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David
This is a powerful book by a truly insightful author. I recently read Harari's previous great book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and I enjoyed this one just as much. There is so much packed into Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, that it is hard to do justice to the book in a review. Yuval Harari has such a unique insight into how the world turns. He is sometimes very blunt, but he "tells it like he sees it." The first two-thirds of the book is devoted to a description of how the ...more
BlackOxford
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science, israeli
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As with his previous book Sapiens, Harari tells a story in Homo Deus that is too disconcerting to
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Helen 2.0
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fic, own, read-17, faves, kayla
Obviously I need to get a copy of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind because I loved this book. I can't claim to be well-read in the topic of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, so I'm definitely biased in my opinion that Harari is a genius. Every few pages my copy has lengthy passages highlighted, brilliant bits I just knew I would want to reference when I pitched this book to family and friends later on.

In Homo Deus, Harari holds that now that humanity has all but solved the mammoth pr
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Atila Iamarino
Que livro amigos, que livro. Não lembro do que li que me fez pensar tanto e mudar a forma como vejo o mundo. Uma ótima análise rápida sobre como chegamos aqui, que se conecta muito bem com o Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, e uma análise mais extensa sobre para onde podemos ir. A análise em terceira pessoa sobre humanismo, capitalismo e tendências futuras é excelente. E a reflexão que ele traz sobre os valores que damos para o valor individual, consciência e autonomia só deve ganhar import ...more
Cj Dufficy
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Certainly a disappointment when compared to Sapiens. The insights were generally already well presented in the earlier book. The section on animal lives is not convincingly warranted for inclusion but more obviously just a passion for the author leading me to feel I was being preached too. His criticism of Dawkins et al although correct could be equally pointed at himself. The universe will move from hot to cold regardless of quantum mechanical randomness at the quanta scale and equally at our b ...more
Safat
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
We are not so taken aback when we hear computer programs can beat human chess masters. After all, computers are far more efficient calculators than humans, and chess can be broken down to calculations (In fact, nowadays chess masters don't stand a chance against present day computer Chessmaster programs. It's simply not possible for a human mind to beat them). And we're also not at all shocked when Google and Tesla present us automated cars driven by computer programs. Nevertheless, we reason,co ...more
J.L.   Sutton
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The title and the premise of Yuval Noah Harari’s Home Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow sounds intriguing; however, not much felt new. I feel like I’ve already heard much of the author’s arguments in other places. So while the various topics discussed are interesting and thought-provoking, Homo Deus is mostly provocative because of the way it is packaged. Advancements in a number of fields, especially in relation to data and an increase in our longevity, are examined to make the point that we ar ...more
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Mar 17, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: non-fiction
I have a real thirst at the moment for books that are going to make me think.

Harari's other book Sapiens certainly did that - I'm hoping this one will be even better!

(Review to come)
Weronika
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book is hugely disappointing. A year or so ago I read an interview with Harari on this book, which was still work in progress, and I found his views on biological inequality (and, to a lesser extent, the decoupling of intelligence from consciousness) very insightful. Actually, it was that interview that inspired me to read Sapiens, which, despite certain flaws, unfortunately amplified in Deus, is a book definitely worth reading. Meanwhile, Deus is wordy, chaotic and repetitive; most of the b ...more
Emily May
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
Excellent again. Harari is fast becoming one of my favourite writers.

I didn't love Homo Deus quite as much as Sapiens, but I think that's because the history Harari takes us through in the latter really does read like a very compelling novel. This book explores different themes and theories about the future of humanity - relating to aging, technological advancements, etc. - which makes it not as cohesive. Still, though, very interesting. He really knows how to break down complex concepts so ev
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Bianca
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowing!

What an interesting, compelling, thought-provoking and, yeah, kind of scary book. After finishing it, I'm both elated and anxious.
Homo Deus (what a perfect title) was complex and it covered a lot of things, but it is especially trying to decipher where the humanity is going.
Consciousness, the individual, intelligence, and the very important ability to organise are thoroughly analysed.

I was very surprised to have my native country mentioned and analysed briefly but comprehensively.
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Mohammad Ranjbari
کتاب حاضر هر چند دارای منابع متقن و موثقی نبود و آمارهایی که نویسنده ارائه می کرد، بسیار قابل شک و تردید کردن بود، اما حقایق کتاب به طور نا خودآگاه برای من قابل قبول و پذیرش و پیش بینی بود. پروسۀ انسان بودن در جهان مدرن، هم مشکلات متعددی در پی دارد و هم مزایای مختلف. هراری در این کتاب روند حاضرِ جهان را ادامه داده و آیندۀ جهان را در پیش چشم ما نمودار می سازد.
Manuel Antão
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Reiterated Popperian Non-Fiction: "Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow" by Yuval Noah Harari


When I was little, I believed (sort of) that Santa Claus existed. It was a working hypothesis that worked, and I didn't look behind it until it became untenable. Now I effectively assume my continuing identity as a person - because that works, sort of, too. In me, and most people I know, the baton of consciousness, of awareness of one's I-ne
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Bharath
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read Sapiens, I had some idea that there would be new themes which Yuval Noah Harari would cover which nobody else has before. With Sapiens, it was about the agricultural revolution and the binding power of stories. And yes - there are brilliant new themes in Homo Deus as well - our delusion of free will and the Sapiens in a future world ruled by algorithms, and it continues excellently from where Sapiens left off. If Sapiens was about how the most powerful species consolidated it's power ...more
Anastasia Alén
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sapiens, fans of Yuval Noah Harari, anyone interested in reading excellent nonfiction
Shocking. Entertaining. Incredibly thoughtful. Freaking fantastic!

One of the most informative books I have ever read. I think Homo Deus poses some excellent questions that make you question your existence. Why do we think of ourselves as superior to all other life forms. Why do we have such strong faith in imaginary things such as money, gods, human rights, companies...And what will become of us if dataism succeeds. All in all, it's clear that we can't keep living like this.

Harari's writing sty
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Tudor Vlad
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I’ve only read one other book written by Yuval Noah Harari and that was Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, this follows in the steps of that to the point that it seems more like a sequel even if they can be read in whatever order you wish. Just as Sapiens, Homo Deus is a gripping book, I love Yuval’s writing style because it never bores me, he always manages to draw my full attention.

Homo Deus is a book that wants to present the possible roads that the future might lead us to. It’s not a pr
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Otis Chandler
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sapiens was one of my favorite nonfiction books I've read in the past few years - so I was excited for the sequel. Overall, its very worth it and full of a lot of the interesting high level perspectives and frameworks. But it also lacks the clear structure of a coherent narrative, isn't presenting (to me) quite as novel information, and also does some strange things - like using the word 'liberal' in contexts that I don't think definitionally make sense.

I like the train of the thought that Harar
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Carlos
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction-btr
4.5 stars actually, this book give us a comprehensive look into the near and distant future . Homo sapiens (modern humans) were able to gain dominance over all of nature because of their ability to communicate and to collaborate with each other and because they could use their collective brain to come up with novel ideas, but as technology progresses and we rely more and more in computers and algorithms these computers programs are based on , are we as a species giving up dominance to technology ...more
André Oliveira
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good and scary at the same time!
Jim
Harari picks up where he left off with Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, a fantastic book that I gave a 5 star review HERE. There he shows where we've been & spends the last chapters asking where are we going. He also asks what is happiness? Both are important questions that he starts off addressing here with The New Human Agenda, an interesting & long introduction that covers a lot of thoughtful territory to set the stage for the 3 parts of the book.

His examples are great since the
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Mehmet
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Popüler bilim, müspet bilimler ve ütopya okurları
Genellikle insanlar Hayvanlardan Tanrılara - Sapiens: İnsan Türünün Kısa Bir Tarihi ile kıyaslamış bu kitabı. Fakat ben bu kitabı herhangi bir kitapla kıyaslamadan kendi içinde değerlendirmek istiyorum. Zira bir tür Popüler Bilim, ütopya ve politik eleştiri arasında kalan bambaşka bir kitap. Popüler bilim ile ilgilenenleri bu alanda yazılmış harikulade kitaplar olan; Cosmos, Üçüncü Şempanze, Cennetin Ejderleri gibi kitaplara yönlendirmek istiyorum. Dataizm vb. ütopik konulara ilgi duyanlar ise İ ...more
Ram
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-science
Now that the Human kind, in the 20th century, has managed to control famine, plague and war, it is ready for it's next challenge.

According to Yuval Noah Harari, the main reason that humans have managed to attain such a strong position in this planet is their ability to believe in "imaginary orders" such as countries, religion, money etc.

Many believe that we have something in us that could be called a soul or consciousness or similar but it is not clear that this exists and our behavior could po
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Amirography
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great and ausual book. When considering many more books about the same topic, "how we are going to be", Harari's arguments are more than satisfying and his reasonings are both terrifying and educated.

I believe his warnings were the most accurate, I could have found on the topic of technologies and how they may be a danger to us.
So there are so many people, like Hawkins that try to warn us about future AI uprising, which any sci-fi author from 90's could counter argue effectively and easily.
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Linh
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tương lai của con người ra sao: siêu nhân, á thánh dưới dạng những con người gắn chíp, có thể tái tạo và gần như là bất tử, hay con người sẽ chỉ là nô lệ cho Dữ liệu giáo (Dataism), bị vứt đi, vặt vãnh trong quá trình xây dựng một hệ thốn thông tin kết nối mọi thứ?

Con người là gì? Là một cá thể, có ý chí hoặc linh hồn riêng, hay chỉ là một tập hợp những mớ hổn đỗn các algorithm khác nhau, mâu thuẫn nhau, tự làm hòa với nhau, và cái gọi là tự do ý chí (free will) chỉ là một ảo giác? Và nếu như qu
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Brian Yahn
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sapiens was a great book in that it explained, briefly, what you need to know to understand humans today.

Homo Deus attempts to do the same thing, but for the future. It let's you know the important technical advances that could have huge implications to society: specifically technologies that could end liberalism, humanism, and capitalism.

It's hard to imagine a current world without one of those things. But in the not-to-distant future, all three of them could be gone.

Harari makes the case that
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Professor Harari was born in Haifa, Israel, to Lebanese parents in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biolo
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“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.” 128 likes
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