Class 5.3

The End of Nature

Read Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens, Chapter 20 and Afterword, pp 397-416. If you don’t have your copy handy from last semester, you can download the relevant pages here.

In the final pages of his book, Harari looks forward with no little dread to the prospect of godlike powers. In what sense does this portend the end of the traditional notion of “Nature”? of “God”? of “Humanity”? Write a brief but thoughtful reflection. Aim for concision; aim for profundity.

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