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People frequently ask me what they should read, make me a list they say and every time I put on the list Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, I think its very important that people understand our past and how we got here and Harari tells our human story with impressive clarity while keeping the reader engaged.  We can’t argue our past, it’s simply there, already in existence but what about our future?  I am more reluctant to tell people to read Harari’s second book, Homo Deus.  How can we reconcile the contents of a book called Human God?  Where are our limits when it comes to considering how much the human species can advance or will we die before we ever can see what we are truly capable of?

The book ends with three questions, the one I think about the most is “Are organisms truly indistinguishable from algorithms?” Are human beings just complex algorithms?  We make our current and future decisions based off of our past experiences.  The more I learn about algorithms, the more I feel like I am one.  An entity that is constantly adjusting to what’s around me, what I’ve been rewarded for in the past, what makes me run more efficiently.  It’s a lot to think about, but that’s the point, nobody can read Homo Deus and not think about it.

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homo deus

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homo deus

I read this incredible book in July of 2019 while the Amazon rainforest was on fire, it was not a happy accident.  David Wallace-Wells doesn’t preach a message of what we should or should not do, he doesn’t use scientific comparisons that the lay person wouldn’t understand, he simply and clearly tells the story of what the world will look like and how humanity will be affected by climate change.  And it is so sad.  Speaking more about the impacts of climate science in one paragraph wouldn’t do this book justice or even begin to paint the picture of the gravity of what is on the horizon for us globally.  This is truly a book that everybody should read, for information yes, but also for the planet’s survival.

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the uninhabitable earth

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the uninhabitable earth

My best friend and I simply call him Leo.  If we are going through a particularly challenging period or are working through a scenario we say things to each other like “I think you need to check in with Leo”.  Somehow reading a couple pages of one of his speeches about Living, Loving or Learning creates a sense of internal reflection that silences the noise and brings a loving clarity allowing for any problem to be easily worked out.  Truly, Leo Buscaglia will become any readers good friend and guide.  In 264 pages he changed more within me that I could have ever imagined and I will forever return to those pages when I need to be guided home.

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living, loving & learning

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living, loving 

& learning

Coming Soon!  Writing takes time.


the elegance

of the hedgehog

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the elegance

of the hedgehog

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