Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

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    Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

    I bought this book because i'm interested in visions of the future and it is very popular. I gave up after about 80 pages.

    It's not awful, but it is very boring. The author is incapable of making a point without drawing it out over several pages. I wouldn't mind if he was reinforcing the point, backing it up with evidence, but he just repeated the same point with different words. Several times.

    It's also very obvious the author has a strong political bias, one i have much sympathy for, but i don't want it smeared in my face every time i turn the page. Also, from an academic point of view it's an atrocious foundation from which to form an argument. It comes across as a pop science book written by a politically active historian.

    Other than that, it just wasn't very informative. I barely learnt a single thing: in 80 pages i had one 'huh, that's interesting' moment. I've had more fun and learnt far more trawling through random wikipedia pages.

    But given it's huge popularity, i'm assuming i've missed something.

    Has anyone else read this? Does it get better? What i am missing?

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    Have not read it, but it has maintained a 4.5 star rating over 1200 reviews, so mebbe you quit before you got to the good parts.

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    Gave it another 20 pages. Can't take any more. I'll just miss out.

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    It's strange how one can put up with the sometimes awful struggle of the preliminaries, although eighty pages IS stretching it a bit, when finally, eventually, there is a point to it all and it all makes sense.
    But not in this case I suspect.

    Jeez! Talk about pointless posts. [ my post that is ] Sorry. Just me, dithering.
    If i post a comment on a "WIP", LOOK! I'm a reader that's all, and i can only tell how i feel, as a READER, giving/offering feedback. Hoping to learn and grow here. So please, tell me where i'm going wrong.

    Me? I'm just a fly on the wall.

    Look! I'm trying, okay?

    One can but dream, if only i had dared.

    "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong" Mahatma Gandhi.
    Alas, i am weak.

    I must find a way to Eastbourne and i so wish that i could dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dither View Post
    Just me, dithering.
    Didn't dither nearly as much as the first 100 pages of Homo Deus.


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