Yuval Noah Harari (Hebrew: יובל נח הררי; born 24 February 1976) is an Israeli historian, the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018) and our person of interest this week here on SiP goes 53.
An author we mentioned before, and one who made a profound impact on me when I first read his book Sapiens in 2017. I devoured it in one go and have since been promoting it in any conversation I had. So when we all jotted down names of persons for the #SiPgoes53 challenge, he was amongst my number ones.
A fellow Sapiens who wrote a thought-provoking book that made me pause and reflect on our history and our future. Sapiens gives indeed a “brief” overview of our species since the Stone Age. If you have not read it, I can warmly recommend it. For me, this one should be part of our educational system and mandatory reading for teenagers in high school as it gives a different insight
I just recently finished his second book
The end is thought-provoking and puts the question forward if Homo Sapiens will evolve in a Homo Deus or altogether become extinct in a larger Dataism
Yuval does not take a position (although he does not avoid confrontational quotes and forces you to engage). He merely explores and shows the different possibilities and gives the larger context.
The history surrounding it.
And makes you pause and think.
Reflect on the meaning of life and the number forty-two after all.
Not in fiction, but in historical contexts.
Forty-two divided by two
And then there is his third book. A deep dive on twenty-one (half of 42) questions for this century. I just downloaded it on my Kindle and read the introduction and I am sure this one will be again a different read all together. One I may complete again in one go. Time will tell, and I will let you know.
To read or not to read.
If you have read any of his books you will know that you can go anywhere with them. They cover all of humanity and beyond.
If you haven’t, I really recommend you to get a copy of Sapiens (his first) and read it in 2019. Or listen to it. It has been translated in over 30 languages and is available in paper copy in any major airport bookstores, digital on Kindle and my family members at home listened to it (as the plus 400 pages may scare some away). Read that one first. The rest can come later.
SiP goes 53
So where does this leave you with SiP goes 53?
Well, we did not say it was going to be easy.
Cleopatra gave us ancient Egypt and Tolkien Elves.
Harari gives us ourselves.
I am curious to see what you make out of this one. If you read his book(s) I am even more curious to hear below in the discussion what you thought of his works so far.
Are you equally intrigued or is it just another one on the list?