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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

By Yuval Noah Harari

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Format: Hardback, 448 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 08 September 2016
"Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before." (Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow). Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation. Death is just a technical problem. Equality is out - but immortality is in. What does our future hold?

About the Author

Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, published in 2014, has become an international phenomenon and is published in nearly 40 languages worldwide. It was in the Sunday Times bestseller list for over six months in paperback, and was a New York Times top ten bestseller.

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"Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before." -- Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow "Spellbinding... This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit... It is a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart... It is hard to imagine anyone could read this book without getting an occasional, vertiginous thrill." -- David Runciman Guardian "What elevates Harari above many chroniclers of our age is his exceptional clarity and focus." -- Josh Glancy Sunday Times "A remarkable book, full of insights and thoughtful reinterpretations of what we thought we knew about ourselves and our history... One measure of Harari's achievement is that one has to look a long way back - to 1934, in fact, the year when Lewis Mumford's Technics and Civilization was published - for a book with comparable ambition and scope." -- John Naughton Guardian "I think the mark of a great book is that it not only alters the way you see the world after you've read it, it also casts the past in a different light. In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted & accessible manner. I don't normally ask for autographs but I got a bit starstruck & asked him to sign my copy of his book after we'd had a conversation for my show on BBC 6Music. His inscription reads: 'The future is in your hands' - a good thing to remember when such great changes are afoot." -- Jarvis Cocker Mail on Sunday "Sets out with enviable (and alarming) lucidity the massive challenges now facing our species as genetic technologies, AI and robotics alter forever our relationships with one another and with other species. It's even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens." -- Kazuo Ishiguro Guardian Books of the Year "Indulge yourself for Christmas: Yuval Noah Harari's insights are compelling." -- Paul Collier Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year "It is thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines... Harrari's skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew... the result is scintillating" -- John Thornhill Financial Times "Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves." -- Tim Adams Observer "Harari is an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines - including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology - to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading." -- Saul David Evening Standard "Sapiens was a paean to humanity's powers of collective imagination...with darker notes on how these mega-stories might direct our new, transformative, information and biological technologies. "Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don't know what they want?" was Harari's closing line. Homo Deus tries to answer that question, with all the pedagogic and encyclopaedic brilliance of its predecessor." New Scientist "Like its predecessor, which sold in its millions, Homo Deus will have a world audience. Taking over where Sapiens left off, it looks forward to where history, ethics and gargantuan biotech investment might lead us - to the end, Harari thinks, of death, suffering and the very idea of being human." -- James McConnachie Sunday Times Culture "An often thought-provoking and always elegantly written book." -- Steven Poole Spectator "Harari is an exceptional writer, who seems to have been specially chosen by the muses as a conduit for the zeitgeist... Fascinating reading." -- Stephen Cave Times Literary Supplement "Brilliant, mind-expanding...explores where Homo Sapiens might go from here, via his signature blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between." Bookseller "His reasoning is laid out with a lucidity that makes it a joy to read." UK Press Syndication "Yuval Noah Harari is the most entertaining and thought-provoking writer of non-fiction at the moment. In Homo Deus he covers broad terrain, touching on everything from Zen Buddhism to the Second World War to how bats read the frequency of echoes, to explore the largest most difficult and sometimes frightening subject of all: our own future. As with Sapiens you finish the book feeling much wiser, but not having noticed any hard work along the way. I loved this book." Matt Haig "Homo Deus is a sweeping, apocalyptic history of the human race, which reads more like a TED-talk on acid." -- Norman Lewis Spiked "A fascinating, if disturbing, book." -- Frank Macgabhann Irish Times

EAN: 9781910701874
ISBN: 1910701874
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 4 centimeters (0.80 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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