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Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Jun 22, 2018
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9781988970127
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What Does the Future Hold for Humans?

This book is a summary of “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow,” by Yuval Noah Harari.

For most of history, humans were preoccupied with three problems: famine, plagues, and war. As we enter the 21st century, we realize these problems are no longer uncontrollable. They have become manageable challenges. We know what we must do to reduce mortality from starvation, disease, and violence. The human agenda for the next few decades is immortality, happiness, and divinity. We will upgrade humans into gods and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century. It takes a deeper look at the relationship between Homo sapiens and other animals, trying to comprehend what makes our species so special. It explains how Homo sapiens come to believe in the humanist creed. Based on the deeper understanding of humankind and of the humanist creed, it describes our current predicament and our futures.

Homo Deus is the next stage of evolution.

This guide includes:
* Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.
* Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth.
Value-added from this guide:
* Save time
* Understand key concepts
* Expand your knowledge
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jun 22, 2018
ISBN:
9781988970127
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Lee Tang is a retired executive of a major global insurance company. Prior to his retirement, he has worked as an actuary, a risk officer and a chief financial officer for several major insurance organizations in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. To learn more about Lee and his work, visit his website and blog at https://lmtpress.wordpress.com. You can reach him by email at leetang888@gmail.com.


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Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus - Lee Tang

What Does the Future Hold for Humans?

This book is a summary of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari.

For most of history, humans were preoccupied with three problems: famine, plagues, and war. As we enter the 21st century, we realize these problems are no longer uncontrollable. They have become manageable challenges. We know what we must do to reduce mortality from starvation, disease, and violence. The human agenda for the next few decades is immortality, happiness, and divinity. We will upgrade humans into gods and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century. It takes a deeper look at the relationship between Homo sapiens and other animals, trying to comprehend what makes our species so special. It explains how Homo sapiens come to believe in the humanist creed. Based on the deeper understanding of humankind and of the humanist creed, it describes our current predicament and our futures.

Homo Deus is the next stage of evolution.

This guide includes:

Book Summary—helps you understand the key concepts.

Online Videos—cover the concepts in more depth

Value-added from this guide:

Save time

Understand key concepts

Expand your knowledge

Important Note About This Guide

This guide is a summary and not a critique/review of the book. The summary may not be organized chapter-wise but summarizes the book’s main ideas, viewpoints, and arguments. It is NOT meant to be a replacement, but a supplement to help you understand the book’s key ideas and recommendations.

Title: Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus

Subtitle: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Author: Lee Tang

Publisher: LMT Press (lmtpress.wordpress.com)

Copyright © 2018 by Lee Tang

All rights reserved. Aside from brief quotations for media coverage and reviews, no part of this book may be reproduced or distributed in any form without the author’s permission. Thank you for supporting authors and a diverse, creative culture by purchasing this book and complying with copyright laws.

First Edition: July 2018

Issued in print and electronic formats.

ISBN 9781988970127 (ebook)

ISBN 9781720823568 (paperback)

ISBN 9781987063813 (paperback)

Limit of Liability/Disclaimer of Warranty: The publisher and author make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of these contents and disclaim all warranties such as warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. The website addresses in the book were correct at the time going to print. However, the publisher and author are not responsible for the content of third-party websites, which are subject to change.

To my wife, Lillian, who is the source of energy and love for everything I do, and to Andrew and Amanda: watching you grow up has been a privilege.

Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

1. The New Human Agenda

Part I: Homo Sapiens Conquers the World

2. The Anthropocene

3. The Human Spark

Part II: Homo Sapiens Gives Meaning to the World

4. The Storytellers

5. The Odd Couple

6. The Modern Covenant

7. The Humanist Revolution

Part III: Homo Sapiens Loses Control

8. The Time Bomb in the Laboratory

9. The Great Decoupling

10. The Ocean of Consciousness

11. The Data Religion

Index

About the Author

Chapter 1

The New Human Agenda

For most of history, humans were preoccupied with three problems: famine, plagues, and war. For generations, humans have prayed to every god, and have invented countless tools, institutions, and social systems. But they continued to die in the millions from starvation, epidemics, and violence. As we enter the 21st century, we realize that these problems are no longer uncontrollable.

Famine

In the last century, technological, economic, and political developments have created a robust safety net for humans. The global trade network overcomes food shortages caused by droughts and floods. International efforts can prevent famine resulting from wars, earthquakes or tsunamis. International wars are rare after 1945. Mass famines are caused by human politics rather than by natural catastrophes. The mass Chinese famine of 1958-61 was caused by the disastrous Great Leap Forward economic policy. Since 1974, many Chinese are out of poverty and China is free from famine.

Overeating has become a far worse problem than famines in most countries. In 2014, over 2.1 billion people were overweight, compared to 850 million who suffered from malnutrition. In 2010, famine and malnutrition combined killed 1 million people, while obesity killed 3 million.

Plagues

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