The Coming Amazing Evolutionary New World of Professor Noah Harari

Is It Really True That Men and Machines Can 'Amalgamate' Leading to Indestructible God-Men?

Professor Yuval Noah Harari

I sraeli professor Yuval Noah Harari, based at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem proposes an astonishing new world which (he believes) is just around the corner. But it is so astonishing perhaps you had better sit down before reading any further!

The professor's recent book is entitled 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,' it was originally published in Hebrew under the slightly different title 'A Brief History of Mankind,' and it is now being translated into more than 25 languages, so the publishers are expecting huge sales all over the world.

In this book, the professor makes the astonishing claim that the amalgamation of man and machine will be the 'biggest evolution in biology' since the emergence of life some four billion years ago (his figures, not mine). Also, that this new evolutionary leap ahead might be just around the corner! According to the eccentric professor (yes, eccentric, but being lauded by an increasing number of enthuasiastic evolutionists), the poor of this world are set to die out but wealthy humans are likely to become "cyborgs" within 200 years as they gradually merge with the new technology now increasingly being evidenced in things like computers and smart phones. So, it is proposed, there will eventually be a much smaller world population of super wealthy part men/part computers and this will be evolution's greatest leap of all. Oh yes, please don't snigger, the professor is being utterly serious.

For professor Harari, who has produced his own highly idiosyncratic charting of human history, the super 'computer men' of the future will then go on evolving, eventually to become like gods, even with the power over death. In an interview with Sarah Knapton appearing in The Telegraph on 25th May, 2015, we have the following,

He (the professor) argued that humans as a race were driven by dissatisfaction and that we would not be able to resist the temptation to 'upgrade' ourselves, whether by genetic engineering or technology. "We are programmed to be dissatisfied," said Prof Harari. "Even when humans gain pleasure and achievements it is not enough. They want more and more. "I think it is likely in the next 200 years or so homo sapiens will upgrade themselves into some idea of a divine being, either through biological manipulation or genetic engineering or by the creation of cyborgs, part organic part non-organic. "It will be the greatest evolution in biology since the appearance of life. Nothing really has changed in four billion years biologically speaking. But we will be as different from today's humans as chimps are now from us." However he warned that the 'cyborg' technology would be restricted to the wealthiest in society, widening the gap between rich and poor in society. In the future the rich may be able to live forever while the poor would die out. (From Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph, 25th May, 2015).

Professor Harari believes that humans have only become a dominant species because of our ability to invent 'fictions' to hold society together, these fictions include religion, money, and the idea of fundamental human rights, none of which have any basis in nature, but are imposed for control tactics. To continue,

Men need to invent 'fictions' to hold society together, these fictions include religion, money, and the idea of fundamental human rights, none of which have any basis in nature, but are imposed for control tactics.

"God is extremely important because without religious myth you can't create society . Religion is the most important invention of humans. As long as humans believed they relied more and more on these gods, they were controllable. "But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God, just technology. "The most interesting place in the world from a religious perspective is not the Middle East, it's Silicon Valley where they are developing a techno-religion. They believe even death is just a technological problem to be solved.....Most legal systems are based on human rights but it is all in our imagination. Money is the most successful story ever. You have the master storytellers, the bankers, the finance ministers telling you that money is worth something. It isn't. Try giving money to a chimp. It's worthless." (source as above).

We might well smile at some of the theories and conjectures of professor Yuval Noah Harari (even, perhaps, whilst noting there are certainly grains of truth in some parts of it), but what is disturbing is how many are beginning to get hooked on such zany predictions of the future. The concept of a future 'superman' partly flesh and partly highly-advanced machine is, of course, not entirely new and might even have started with the old 'Six Million Dollar Man' TV series.

Perhaps the best final comment here comes from G.K. Chesterton. He once observed, "if people give up believing in God, the biggest problem is that they will then start to believe almost anything!"

(Professor Harari's recent book is entitled 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,' originally published in Hebrew, it is now available in an increasing number of languages. I am partly indebted here to Sarah Knapton's Telegraph interview).

Robin A. Brace. May 30th, 2015.