Homo Sapiens Quotes

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Robert A. Heinlein
“The most preposterous notion that Homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Christopher Hitchens
“Let's say that the consensus is that our species, being the higher primates, Homo Sapiens, has been on the planet for at least 100,000 years, maybe more. Francis Collins says maybe 100,000. Richard Dawkins thinks maybe a quarter-of-a-million. I'll take 100,000. In order to be a Christian, you have to believe that for 98,000 years, our species suffered and died, most of its children dying in childbirth, most other people having a life expectancy of about 25 years, dying of their teeth. Famine, struggle, bitterness, war, suffering, misery, all of that for 98,000 years.

Heaven watches this with complete indifference. And then 2000 years ago, thinks 'That's enough of that. It's time to intervene,' and the best way to do this would be by condemning someone to a human sacrifice somewhere in the less literate parts of the Middle East. Don't lets appeal to the Chinese, for example, where people can read and study evidence and have a civilization. Let's go to the desert and have another revelation there. This is nonsense. It can't be believed by a thinking person.

Why am I glad this is the case? To get to the point of the wrongness of Christianity, because I think the teachings of Christianity are immoral. The central one is the most immoral of all, and that is the one of vicarious redemption. You can throw your sins onto somebody else, vulgarly known as scapegoating. In fact, originating as scapegoating in the same area, the same desert. I can pay your debt if I love you. I can serve your term in prison if I love you very much. I can volunteer to do that. I can't take your sins away, because I can't abolish your responsibility, and I shouldn't offer to do so. Your responsibility has to stay with you. There's no vicarious redemption. There very probably, in fact, is no redemption at all. It's just a part of wish-thinking, and I don't think wish-thinking is good for people either.

It even manages to pollute the central question, the word I just employed, the most important word of all: the word love, by making love compulsory, by saying you MUST love. You must love your neighbour as yourself, something you can't actually do. You'll always fall short, so you can always be found guilty. By saying you must love someone who you also must fear. That's to say a supreme being, an eternal father, someone of whom you must be afraid, but you must love him, too. If you fail in this duty, you're again a wretched sinner. This is not mentally or morally or intellectually healthy.

And that brings me to the final objection - I'll condense it, Dr. Orlafsky - which is, this is a totalitarian system. If there was a God who could do these things and demand these things of us, and he was eternal and unchanging, we'd be living under a dictatorship from which there is no appeal, and one that can never change and one that knows our thoughts and can convict us of thought crime, and condemn us to eternal punishment for actions that we are condemned in advance to be taking. All this in the round, and I could say more, it's an excellent thing that we have absolutely no reason to believe any of it to be true.”
Christopher Hitchens

Alexander von Humboldt
“While we maintain the unity of the human species, we at the same time repel the depressing assumption of superior and inferior races of men. There are nations more susceptible of cultivation, more highly civilized, more ennobled by mental cultivation than others—but none in themselves nobler than others.”
Alexander von Humboldt, Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe: Part One, 1858

John Fowles
“For him the tragedy of Homo sapiens is that the least fit to survive breed the most.”
John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman

Yuval Noah Harari
“After all, when ‘the Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become’ He resolved to ‘wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them’ (Genesis 6:7). The Bible thinks it is perfectly all right to destroy all animals as punishment for the crimes of Homo sapiens, as if the existence of giraffes, pelicans and ladybirds has lost all purpose if humans misbehave. The Bible could not imagine a scenario in which God repents having created Homo sapiens, wipes this sinful ape off the face of the earth, and then spends eternity enjoying the antics of ostriches, kangaroos and panda bears.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Abhijit Naskar
“O my brave Almighty Human, with the ever-effulgent flow of courage, conscience and compassion, turn yourself into a vivacious humanizer, and start walking with bold footsteps while eliminating racism, terminating misogyny, destroying homophobia and all other primitiveness that have turned humanity into the most inhuman species on earth.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Am The Thread: My Mission

Yuval Noah Harari
“Whereas the Agricultural Revolution gave rise to theist religions, the Scientific Revolution gave birth to humanist religions, in which humans replaced gods.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

“It isn’t normal to live on milk and cream and cheese and ice cream and eggs and chocolate and wheat flour and alcohol. No! Man is a hunter. Most of the wheat flour should be fed to the animals. Let them go through the arduous labor of converting fodder into meat fat. And then eat the animal. That is the smart thing to do.”
Dr. Blake F. Donaldson, Strong Medicine

Arkady Strugatsky
“Человек - это промежуточное звено эволюции, необходимое для создания венца творения пpиpоды - рюмки коньяка и дольки лимона.”
Arkady Strugatsky, Понедельник начинается в субботу

Yuval Noah Harari
“Humans nowadays completely dominate the planet not because the individual human is far smarter and more nimble-fingered than the individual chimp or wolf, but because Homo sapiens is the only species on earth capable of cooperating flexibly in large numbers. Intelligence and toolmaking were obviously very important as well. But if humans had not learned to cooperate flexibly in large numbers, our crafty brains and deft hands would still be splitting flint stones rather than uranium atoms.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

“This was what we did as a species, after all: we built ingenious devices, and we destroyed things.”
Mark O'Connell, To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death

Yuval Noah Harari
“Seventy thousand years ago, Homo sapiens was still an insignificant animal minding its own business in a corner of Africa. In the following millennia it transformed itself into the master of the entire planet and the terror of the ecosystem. Today it stands on the verge of becoming a god, poised to acquire not only eternal youth, but also the divine abilities of creation and destruction.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari
“Homo sapiens does its best to forget the fact, but it is an animal. And it is doubly important to remember our origins at a time when we seek to turn ourselves into gods.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari
“Homo sapiens does its best to forget the fact, but it is an animal. And it is doubly important to remember our origins at a time when we seek to turn ourselves into gods. No investigation of our divine future can ignore our own animal past, or our relations with other animals – because the relationship between humans and animals is the best model we have for future relations between superhumans and humans.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Carl Sagan
“Our probable ancestors, Homo erectus and Homo habilis -now extinct- are classified as of the same genus (Homo) but of different species, although no one (at least lately) has attempted the appropriate experiments to see if crosses of them with us would produce fertile offspring.”
Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Yuval Noah Harari
“fact, however, the lesson is just the opposite. The story demonstrates that by humanising animals we usually underestimate animal cognition and ignore the unique abilities of other creatures.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Gudjon Bergmann
“Your fundamental assumption is wrong. You think you are this vehicle. This naked ape. Homo sapiens. I tell you, you are no more human than a driver is the car he is driving. You would never go to a junkyard to look for the driver would you?”
Gudjon Bergmann, The Meditating Psychiatrist Who Tried to Kill Himself

Yuval Noah Harari
“We normally think that theist religions sanctified the great gods. We tend to forget that they sanctified humans, too. Hitherto Homo sapiens had been just one actor in a cast of thousands. In the new theist drama, Sapiens became the central hero around whom the entire universe revolved.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari
“An algorithm is a methodical set of steps that can be used to make calculations, resolve problems and reach decisions. An algorithm isn’t a particular calculation, but the method followed when making the calculation.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Paul Russell
“Homo sapiens, which as far as I can tell is only another way of saying weaponised chimpanzees who are hellbent on tearing their cage apart without realising it’s not a cage, it’s their fucking life support they’re shredding.”
Paul Russell, Immaculate Blue

Yuval Noah Harari
“Archaic humans paid for their large brains in two ways. Firstly, they spent
more time in search of food. Secondly, their muscles atrophied. Like a government
diverting money from defence to education, humans diverted energy from biceps
to neurons.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“Biomasses are a biological reality that cannot be denied as existing, but even though they exist physically, yet they have not attained the height of Homo sapiens”
Sunday Adelaja

Yuval Noah Harari
“When the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage, we didn’t upgrade the horses – we retired them. Perhaps it is time to do the same with Homo sapiens.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari
“It’s a common fallacy to envision these species as arranged in a straight line of descent, with Ergaster begetting Erectus, Erectus begetting the Neanderthals, and the Neanderthals evolving into us. This linear model gives the mistaken impression that at any particular moment only one type of human inhabited the earth, and that all earlier species were merely older models of ourselves. The truth is that from about 2 million years ago until around 10,000 years ago, the world was home, at one and the same time, to several human species.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“The missing link between animals and the real human being is most likely ourselves”. Konrad Lorenz

“Nothing exists except atoms and space; everything else is opinion”. Democritus of Abdera

“The simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity”. Edward de Bono.”
John Cowie, Silbury Dawning: The Alien Visitor Gene Theory 3rd Edition

“[Option 3 for the fat man] Or he can get tough and stick to a big fat steak and a half cup of black coffee three times a day... In doing this he will be somewhat in the class of a pioneer, and a pioneer always meets with suspicion. No matter how well he does, he need not expect the approval of his neighbors. Any disaster that may overtake him, even to the extent of ground moles getting in his lawn, will be blamed on his “red meat” diet...”
Dr. Blake F. Donaldson

Yuval Noah Harari
“Unfortunately, the Sapiens regime on Earth has so far produced little that we can be proud of. We have mastered our surroundings, increased food production, built cities, established empires and created far-flung trade networks. But did we decrease the amount of suffering in the world?”
Yuval Noah Harari, קיצור תולדות האנושות

Yuval Noah Harari
“It takes a tribe to raise a human.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Freequill
“Homo sapiens have explored many ages: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age and, as of late, the Industrial Age, of which we have only tried for a couple hundred years. Before we seemingly dive headfirst into a Digital, Automated or Artificial Age, we are in desperate need of an Age of Reflection.”
Freequill, What's Going On? How Can We Help?: The Consequences of Capitalism and Actionable Steps Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Future

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