Harari's Homo Sapiens / Homo Deus

Feb 2019
9
netherlands
Hello all,
I quite liked Harari's books (Homo Sapiens & Deus; see bibliography for references). For me as a student of history, I've never seen this kind of approach during my studies. While reading, I admired his style and his insight, but I grew somewhat critical of his understanding of the use of the word religion, which he seems to apply to many things, such as money, banks etc. But I struggle to formulate a proper critique.
I also quite liked his book about the future (Homo Deus), in which he outlines things such as automation, but again, I was so sucked into the book and his insight that I struggled to find any points to critique, but at the same time it felt superficial at some points.

What did you think of the books? Do you agree that it somehow is superficial in its terminology?

Books:
Harari, Homo Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind, 2014.
Harari, J. N., Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow, 2016.
 
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sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
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thanks for pointing out this work , I'm reading about it now
I like the basic premise that homo sapiens ability to co-operate in large number is a critical factor in its supremacy
 
Jan 2011
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FRANCE
I have read Homo Deus and am reading now Homo Sapiens. I like very much the approach of the author who demystifies our common culture. I quite agree with his definition of religion even if it is striking.
 
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Feb 2019
9
netherlands
I have read Homo Deus and am reading now Homo Sapiens. I like very much the approach of the author who demystifies our common culture. I quite agree with his definition of religion even if it is striking.
Don't you thin such factors as dogma are excluded in his view of religion?
 

Menshevik

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Dec 2012
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I have read Homo Deus and am reading now Homo Sapiens. I like very much the approach of the author who demystifies our common culture. I quite agree with his definition of religion even if it is striking.
Well said. He explains quite a bit in just one book. I always recommend Sapiens.... haven't finished Deus
 

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Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
4,740
Florania
I purchased 21 Lessons for 21st Century because it is unavailable online.
 

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Dec 2015
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Homo deus is even more alarming than Sapiens by far.
We assume individualism and equality of all people at least in theory; then, these are being threatened by technologies!
 

specul8

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Oct 2016
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Australia
I have not read them so I read ABOUT them. Looks interesting . Particularly in that he seems to have followed down some themes and come to similar understandings I have, but some of his conclusions are different .

Regarding the point bought up about religion and his 'interpretations' of it , or even his 'extensions' of its meaning - I think that depends on definition, and the definitions that are mostly current today are fairly recent . 'Religion' as such was not so separate a subject for most societies in the past. It is interesting to see the words and understandings THEY had for religion , in Judaism the equivalent term could also be translated as 'law' . In Australian indigenous religions, that would be acceptable as well . We see Daoism as a religon, but that could be interpreted as 'The Way' ... and Hinduism as a religion doesnt even exist ! So the ideas in the book, might seem interesting in that light.

I was in town this morning and they had a copy of both in the small bookshop there, so I purchased 'Homo Sapiens' .