Summary & Study Guide - Homo Deus by Lee Tang

A Brief History of Tomorrow

The must-read summary of ‘Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow’, by Yuval Noah Harari.

Summary & study guide - homo deus

What Does the Future Hold for Humans? 
The must-read 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 are 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 comes 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.

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Homo Deus is the next stage of evolution.

Genre: STUDY AIDS / Study Guides

Secondary Genre: HISTORY / Civilization

Language: English

Keywords: Humanity, homo sapiens, homo deus, evolution, immortality, artificial life, humanist revolution

Word Count: 13,400

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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.

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