Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Posted on Feb 22 by SEASONS Magazine

Yuval Noah Harari, photo courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.

Yuval Noah Harari, photo courtesy of UCSB Arts & Lectures.

UCSB Arts & Lectures and SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind host a free public lecture by Yuval Noah Harari on Monday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall. The lecture, entitled Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, is based on his new book Homo Deus. Free copies of this new book will be given away at the event while supplies last. 

Yuval Noah Harari is a celebrated historian that has taken the world on a tour through his writing throughout the span of humanity, from apes to ruling civilizations. Harai became well-acclaimed after his first bestselling book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. The provocative argument from this first book is that humans conquered the world through our ability to believe in collective myths about money, gods, and freedom. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is the highly anticipated sequel to Sapiens. Harari looks to the future in this novel and explores how the concept of godlike technologies including artificial intelligence and genetic engineering will define our future.

Harari was born in Haifa, Israel in 1976. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford specializing in World History, Medieval History and Military History. Now, he lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem‘s Department of History. Currently, his research focuses on macro-historical questions. What is the relationship between history and biology? Does history have direction? Is there justice in history? In addition to teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he also leads a MOOC or Massive Open Online Course entitled A Brief History of Humankind.

Harari is very well renowned. He won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in 2009 and 2012. In 2011, he won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. In 2012, he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences.

For more information, visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu or call 805/893-3535.

—Lauren Bennett

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