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14 August 2018
“It is doubtful whether Homo sapiens will still be around a thousand years from now…”
Quotation from “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” (2014) by Yuval Noah Harari (b. 1976), an Israeli historian and futurologist who teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Food for thought!
Although a millennium may seem an eternity, it pales into chronological insignificance compared with the 13.5 billion years that have elapsed since the Big Bang – arguably – gave birth to the universe and even when set alongside the 200 000 years since Homo sapiens evolved in East Africa.
However, the Hebrew prophet’s predictions have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Referring to pontifications he makes in his latest work “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” (2018), Harari admits: “Obviously, most of this is just speculation”.
Dr Yuval’s books have been translated into 45 languages and are said to have sold more than 12 million copies. His reputation as an intellectual rock star rests on the two works mentioned above plus “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” (2016).
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
- Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
- Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
- The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
- Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
- Ladder (21 June 2012)
- A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
- A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
- Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.