Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Fascinating and intricate. Harari builds a spiderweb, starting with the history of human thought, building and building until you understand how plausible his predictions of the future are.
This was the first time I had encountered this particular explanation of why we should study history- not just to avoid repeating it, but to understand that the actions that we take as a given are actually options. (See his section on lawns.)
This was the first time I had considered humanism in the particular way he explains it, and the first I even heard of dataism. Strongly recommend this book for its intellectual content, but it's worth mentioning that it was also so fun to read that I could not stop.
If you want the super short summary, Harari wrote this article for the Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/50bb4830-6...
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