Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens and Homo Deus: The E-book Collection

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    Nur Myrzahas quoted3 years ago
    Three important revolutions shaped the course of history
    Abner Avilahas quoted10 days ago
    stand out from
    Abner Avilahas quoted11 days ago
    Tolerance is not a Sapiens trademark. In modern times, a small difference in skin colour, dialect or religion has been enough to prompt one group of Sapiens to set about exterminating another group. Would ancient Sapiens have been more tolerant towards an entirely different human species? It may well be that when Sapiens encountered Neanderthals, the result was the first and most significant ethnic-cleansing campaign in history.

    Somos los mails de la historia 🥲

    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    like to believe that in the future people just like us will travel from planet to planet in fast spaceships. We don’t like to contemplate the possibility that in the future, beings with emotions and identities like ours will no longer exist, and our place will be taken by alien life forms whose abilities dwarf our own.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    What we should take seriously is the idea that the next stage of history will include not only technological and organisational transformations, but also fundamental transformations in human consciousness and identity.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    In 2014 more than 2.1 billion people were overweight, compared to 850 million who suffered from malnutrition. Half of humankind is expected to be overweight by 2030
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    Physicists define the Big Bang as a singularity. It is a point at which all the known laws of nature did not exist. Time too did not exist. It is thus meaningless to say that anything existed ‘before’ the Big Bang. We may be fast approaching a new singularity, when all the concepts that give meaning to our world – me, you, men, women, love and hate – will become irrelevant. Anything happening beyond that point is meaningless to us.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    primum mobile, a first mover,
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    Lawyers need to rethink issues of privacy and identity;
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    Yet the world of 2014 is already a world in which culture is releasing itself from the shackles of biology.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    Such a cyborg would no longer be human, or even organic. It would be something completely different. It would be so fundamentally another kind of being that we cannot even grasp the philosophical, psychological or political implications.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    What might happen to human memory, human consciousness and human identity if the brain has direct access to a collective memory bank? In such a situation, one cyborg could, for example, retrieve the memories of another – not hear about them, not read about them in an autobiography, not imagine them, but directly remember them as if they were his own. Or her own.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    At present these bionic arms are a poor replacement for our organic originals, but they have the potential for unlimited development.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    In a sense, nearly all of us are bionic these days, since our natural senses and functions are supplemented by devices such as eyeglasses, pacemakers, orthotics, and even computers and mobile phones (which relieve our brains of some of their data storage and processing burdens).
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    we might fiddle with Homo sapiens to such an extent that we would no longer be Homo sapiens.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    True, we still don’t have the acumen to achieve this, but there seems to be no insurmountable technical barrier preventing us from producing superhumans.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    The Cognitive Revolution that turned Homo sapiens from an insignificant ape into the master of the world did not require any noticeable change in physiology or even in the size and external shape of the Sapiens brain.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    the medium range – perhaps in a few decades – genetic engineering and other forms of biological engineering might enable us to make far-reaching alterations not only to our physiology, immune system and life expectancy, but also to our intellectual and emotional capacities. If genetic engineering can create genius mice, why not genius humans?
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    comparing a Neanderthal to a Homo sapiens brain, and mapping out where their structures differ, perhaps we could identify what biological change produced consciousness as we experience it.
    sariyyabunyatovahas quoted2 years ago
    are we far off from being able to genetically engineer not only the individual abilities of rodents (and humans), but also their social structures?8
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