Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A thought provoking book that presents the possibilities of the directions in which humanity is heading, I must say it is quite convincing. Some bits are pleasant and others are downright scary. Harari takes a dig on a great variety of subjects from artificial intelligence to biology from psychology to politics and so on ...

I really found the part on free-will and Individual really exciting. It is sort of like bringing back my long time undecided stance on Solipsism. I am Not really Solipsist, but I enjoy exploring that philosophical idea. The parts in the book about individual and free-will bring in a new dimension to my pondering on the same.And not to mention the book overall reaffirmed my nihilistic world view. :|

I liked how Harari discredits the power that terrorism claims and calls the terrorist agenda a dead cause. He infers humanity have walked past the God phase. I reckon terrorism is a legit problem, but the terrorist's inability to have an organized armed force, as nations do, makes them not a real threat but a sort of just noise and distraction with relatively lesser calamities. As of course, there will be casualties but Harari is making a point on the scale of humanity as a whole and on that scale, the casualties are less. The second thing that is discredited is Climate Change which currently is a big threat to life on the planet. humanity. I personally think if we assume it to be out of the scenario then the possibilities mentioned are pretty reasonable, but in the light of climate change, we can't go much far unless we deal wit it.

The writing style of this book is colloquial and that keeps one interested to carry on reading. I often get bored of non-fiction when they start taking the textbook tone. Not that there is anything wrong with textbooks, but for leisure reading, I prefer more engaging text. I kinda cruised through this pretty smoothly and can't wait to read Sapiens. This book has a wide range of topics involved thus it offers something for everyone. I think everyone can give it a try.

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