Homo Deus

by Yuval Noah Harari


Homo Deus Ideas

Homo Deus Ideas

  • Techno-humanism and data religion

    When technology gains more power than humans, humankind may turn to technology in order to find peace, happiness or even immortality. Techno-humanism is the more conservative religion, which still contains humanist values. It says that Homo sapiens will no longer be relevant in the future, but tha

  • What’s next, when technology surpasses human capabilities?

    There are three distinct threats to the liberal beliefs that guide modern civilization. The first is that technology will develop to a level that renders humans useless, in both economic and military terms. As artificial intelligence outperforms humans, we won’t be needed in the same way, leading s

  • Humans have two selves

    Liberalism believes in human free will and values individual freedom as a result. However, instead of discovering souls, and free wills, and selves, scientists have found that genes and hormones and neurons rule human reality. The brain’s processes govern our decisions, and the human brain is divid

  • The Humanist Revolution

    Humans agreed to give up meaning to life in exchange for power, but we are still free to look for – and find – meaning. And we haven’t stopped trying. More and more, we look inward, to human feelings, to create meaning. We look at our personal experiences, and humanist belief has told us that we ou

  • Trading meaning for power

    Modernity could be summed up as a deal that allows humans to trade meaning in return for power. In earlier times, when humans turned more often to the gods or the laws of nature, they believed their existence was all part of a cosmic plan. That’s what gave humans meaning. Today, however, we subscr

  • Science and religion go hand in hand

    Belief in gods has advanced society in many ways. Great structures were built around the world because humans believed. We could look at nations the same way. Belief in the advancement of a human’s nation has pushed humankind to reach greater and greater goals. Religion, however, doesn’t stop at a

  • Societies are based upon stories

    Approximately 5,000 years ago, writing and money were invented by humans – Sumerians, to be exact. This allowed the subjective realities humankind created to become much more complex and far-reaching. Before writing, people relied on their memories, but once writing came into play (and taxation), it

  • The true human difference: large-scale cooperation

    We need not look any further than history to see how cooperation has played an important role in human struggles. Organized armies continually surpass the disorganized, and small unified elite groups continually outdo the jumbled masses. Even revolutions are typically run by small organized networks

  • Is consciousness uniquely human?

    Humans have become the most powerful species on the globe, but does that make a human’s life more valuable than that of an elephant? Are the lives of humans from the most powerful countries more valuable than the lives of humans in a poor country? In practice, that’s how things have turned out. Ther

  • Humans are already gods

    If you look at all of the animal species in the world, humans have already become gods. There is evidence to suggest that in the early days, hunter-gatherers didn’t believe in any separation between humans and other animals. Enter the agricultural revolution, where farming led to the suffering an

  • A peaceful, prosperous world… relatively

    Over the last century, developments were made in economics, technology, and politics that have changed the world as humans know it. In ancient, medieval, and even twentieth-century history, starvation, epidemics, and war were much more frequent. While people still go hungry daily, very few peopl

  • How will humans evolve as technology advances?

    Yuval Noah Harari, a historian, takes the reader on a journey through major events and catastrophes in history and examines the beliefs that humans have held collectively and how those beliefs have shaped individuals, societies and nations. By exploring various links between science, the human exp

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