Homo Deus: Reading experience
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I was not a big fan
I find his style of writing really easy to follow and engaging, something I don’t usually get when reading books on history or other discussion pieces. I have also read Sapiens and prefer that between the two of them, mainly because of the overall historical walkthrough. But, I found both books gives interesting and important insights into human history and where the world might be going in the future. And I think that it is amazing a book like this one can gain such popularity, and I hope that it can prime some of the important discussions he brings forward, such as what will happen if in-equality is not only based on wealth and power differences but also in real biological/augmented-technological differences. Technology progress is moving fast and the discussion of its implications are slow in comparison, which is why a popular book discussing this is super useful in my mind.
I do appreciate some of the (albeit unoriginal) ideas he brought to the table, contemplating the future of humanism with the advances of technology & data. I would have been more interested to read his personal reflections on those ideas, rather than just what seemed a regurgitation of his research.
He really seemed to make a lot of generalizations and assumptions, with a narrow scope of people in mind (WEIRD societies), which was frustrating to read. Also, I'd really like to know where he got his data that "Today in the US more people read digital books than printed ones."1 I won't be citing this book for facts anytime in the near future, but perhaps will just take it for its philosophical value.