Homo Deus - Summary by Derek Sivers


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Bill Gates:

What if people run out of things to do? A provocative new book raises big questions about the future. What gives our lives meaning? And what if one day, whatever gives us meaning went away—what would we do then? I’m still thinking about those weighty questions after finishing Homo Deus, the provocative new book by Yuval Noah Harari. ... Harari’s new book is as challenging and readable as Sapiens. Rather than looking back, as Sapiens does, it looks to the future. ... Here is Harari’s most provocative idea: As good as it sounds, achieving the dream of bliss, immortality, and divinity could be bad news for the human race. ... Harari does the best job I have seen of explaining the purpose problem. And he deserves credit for venturing an answer to it. He suggests that finding a new purpose requires us to develop new religion. ... I wasn’t satisfied by his answer to the purpose question. But don’t let a dissatisfying conclusion dissuade you from reading Homo Deus. It is a deeply engaging book with lots of stimulating ideas and not a lot of jargon. It makes you think about the future, which is another way of saying it makes you think about the present.

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