This is a fascinating read about the potential future of human-kind, as we move away from the human-centric point of view (where human emotion and expThis is a fascinating read about the potential future of human-kind, as we move away from the human-centric point of view (where human emotion and experience are prime) into a data-driven world where machines may come to understand our thoughts and emotions better than we understand them ourselves.
Due to getting this book from the library, I ended up having to take a two month hiatus from it, about 4 hours from the end. Despite that long break, I had no trouble getting back into it (or reorienting to the discussion) as soon as I picked it back up, which is a good indication of the book's readability and accessibility, despite the potentially heavy subject matter. Homo Deus is informative, thought-provoking, and offers a lot of great informational sound bytes....more
I read Harari's follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, first. So was able to compare them as I read. And I found I was much morI read Harari's follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, first. So was able to compare them as I read. And I found I was much more engaged with reading Homo Deus. Sapiens, as expected, contained lots of gems of information. However, I felt like I had read much of it before, in some of the Jared Diamond books I've read. I found myself disengaging quite a lot during the middle of the book, primarily.
However, I'm giving it a higher rating than my actual enjoyment, because I think this is an essential book that everyone should read, particularly if they aren't already well-read in the genre. I really enjoyed the section on homo sapien's journey to homo species supremacy (the first part of the book). Harari's thoughts about consumerism as the religion of the day were also fascinating (the last part of the book)....more
After reading one or two of Diamond's other books, I've begun to find them rather repetitive. Although each book explores slightly different sociologiAfter reading one or two of Diamond's other books, I've begun to find them rather repetitive. Although each book explores slightly different sociological concepts, and studies different societies, in the end it all begins to blend together......more
This was an absolutely fascinating read. The premise of the book aims to disprove the assertion that humans are naturally monogamous beings and show tThis was an absolutely fascinating read. The premise of the book aims to disprove the assertion that humans are naturally monogamous beings and show the evolution of homo sapiens as polyamorous by nature. The arguments the two authors make seem strong, but of course you never know until you've read from both sides of the argument.
Some of the historical tidbits about human sexuality were absolutely shocking, and well worth the read right there. For example, the once frequently diagnosed malady of female hysteria, was primarily treated--up through the early 20th century--with "vulvar massage", i.e., the doctor rubbed out orgasms on his female patients. There is also a lot of historical information about the repression of female sexuality, even repression of knowledge about the female anatomy. Another shocking tale tells about a doctor who "discovered" and subsequently studied the mysterious nubbin between a woman's legs, i.e., the clitoris. When he presented his findings to the university where he worked as a professor, he was thrown in prison and all of his research was burned. Say what?! I didn't know the clitoris was tantamount to heresy.
What this book disappointingly neglected to speculate on was when, why, and how this myth of monogamy came to dominate human culture....more