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Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “On the psychological level, happiness depends on expectations rather than objective conditions. We don’t become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon. Dramatic improvements in conditions, as humankind has experienced in recent decades, translate into greater expectations rather than greater contentment.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Modern business-people and lawyers are, in fact, powerful sorcerers. The principal difference between them and tribal shamans is that modern lawyers tell far stranger tales.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Voltaire said about God that ‘there is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night’.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Suffering is not an objective condition in the outside world. It is a mental reaction generated by my own mind.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Telling effective stories is not easy. The difficulty lies not in telling the story, but in convincing everyone else to believe it. Much of history revolves around this question: how does one convince millions of people to believe particular stories about gods, or nations, or limited liability companies? Yet when it succeeds, it gives Sapiens immense power, because it enables millions of strangers to cooperate and work towards common goals.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “In the end it was communism that collapsed. The supermarket proved to be far stronger than the gulag.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Referendums and elections are always about human feelings, not about human rationality.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Today the main source of wealth is knowledge. And whereas you can conquer oil fields through war, you cannot acquire knowledge that way.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The Agricultural Revolution was history’s biggest fraud. Who was responsible? Neither kings, nor priests, nor merchants. The culprits were a handful or plant species, including wheat, rice and potatoes. These plants domesticated Homo Sapiens, rather than vice versa.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Humans and machines might merge so completely that humans will not be able to survive at all if they are disconnected from the network. They will be connected starting in the womb, and if later in life you choose to disconnect, insurance agencies might refuse to insure you, employers might refuse to employ you, and healthcare services might refuse to take care of you. In the big battle between health and privacy, health is likely to win hands down.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Homo sapiens is just not built for satisfaction. Human happiness depends less on objective conditions and more on our own expectations. Expectations, however, tend to adapt to conditions, including to the condition of other people.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The most important thing to know about prehistoric humans is that they were insignificant animals with no more impact on their environment than gorillas, fireflies or jellyfish.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “As far as we can tell from a purely scientific viewpoint, human life has absolutely no meaning. Humans are the outcome of blind evolutionary processes that operate without goal or purpose. Our actions are not part of some divine cosmic plan, and if planet earth were to blow up tomorrow morning, the universe would probably keep going about its business as usual. As far as we can tell at this point, human subjectivity would not be missed. Hence any meaning that people inscribe to their lives is just a delusion.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Poverty, sickness, wars, famines old age and death itself were not the inevitable fate of humankind. They were simply the fruits of our ignorance.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “If humankind is indeed a single data-processing system, what is its output? Dataists would say that its output will be the creation of a new and even more efficient data-processing system, called the Internet-of-All-Things. Once this mission is accomplished, Homo sapiens will vanish.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Ordinary people may not understand artificial intelligence and biotechnology, but they can sense that the future is passing them by.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The deeper the mysteries of the universe, the less likely it is that whatever is responsible for them gives a damn about female dress codes or human sexual behavior.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “If you want to go deeply into any subject, you need a lot of time, and in particular you need the privilege of wasting time. You need to experiment with unproductive paths, explore dead ends, make space for doubts and boredom, and allow little seeds of insight to slowly grow and blossom. If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Human happiness depends less on objective conditions and more on our own expectations.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Have you seen those zombies who roam the streets with their faces glued to their smartphones? Do you think they control the technology, or does the technology control them?”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “For religions, spirituality is a dangerous threat.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “In medieval Europe, aristocrats spent their money carelessly on extravagant luxuries, whereas peasants lived frugally, minding every penny. Today, the tables have turned. The rich take great care managing their assets and investments, while the less well-heeled go into debt buying cars and.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “If you suffer because of your belief in God or in the nation, that does not prove that your beliefs are true. Maybe you are just paying the price of your gullibility. However, most people don’t like to admit that they are fools. Consequently, the more they sacrifice for a particular belief, the stronger their faith becomes.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The truth is that truth was never high on the agenda of Homo sapiens.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “When a thousand people believe some made-up story for a month – that’s fake news. When a billion people believe it for a thousand years – that’s religion, and we are admonished to call it fake news in oder not to for the feelings of the faithful.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “We want to believe that our lives have some objective meaning, and that our sacrifices matter to something beyond the stories in our head. Yet in truth the lives of most people have meaning only within the network of stories they tell one another.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The only thing we can try to do is to influence the direction scientists are taking. Since we might soon be able to engineer our desires too, perhaps the real questions facing us is not ‘What do we want to become?‘, but “What do we want to want?’ Those who are not spooked by this question probably haven’t given it enough thought.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “You want to know how super-intelligent cyborgs might treat ordinary flesh-and-blood humans? Better start by investigating how humans treat their less intelligent animal cousins. It’s not a perfect analogy, of course, but it is the best archetype we can actually observe rather than just imagine.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “If data becomes concentrated in too few hands, humankind will split into different species.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The family was also the welfare system, the health system, the education system, the construction industry, the trade union, the pension fund, the insurance company, the radio, the television, the newspapers, the bank and even the police.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Revolutions are usually made by small networks of agitators rather than by the masses. If you want to launch a revolution, don’t ask yourself, ‘How many people support my ideas?’ Instead, ask yourself, ‘How many of my supporters are capable of effective collaboration?”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “As bureaucracies accumulate power they become immune to their own mistakes. Instead of changing their stories to fit reality; they can change reality to fit their stories. In the end external reality matches their bureaucratic fantasies, but only because they forced reality to do so.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The Useless Class The most important question in twenty-first-century economics may well be what to do with all the superfluous people. What will conscious humans do once we have highly intelligent non-conscious algorithms that can do almost everything better?”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside the common imagination of human beings.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “In the wake of the Cognitive Revolution, gossip helped Homo sapiens to form larger and more stable bands. But even gossip has its limits. Sociological research has shown that the maximum ‘natural’ size of a group bonded by gossip is about 150 individuals. Most people can neither intimately know, nor gossip effectively about, more than 150 human beings.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Contrary to common wisdom, nationalism is not a natural and eternal part of the human psyche, and it is not rooted in human biology.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “In the twenty-first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. We just don’t know what to pay attention to, and often spend our time investigating and debating side issues. In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Humans are used to thinking about life as a drama of decision-making.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “It is much harder to struggle against irrelevance than against exploitation.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “But the best thing fire did was cook. Foods that humans cannot digest in their natural forms – such as wheat, rice and potatoes – became staples of our diet thanks to cooking. Fire not only changed food’s chemistry, it changed its biology as well. Cooking killed germs and parasites that infested food. Humans also had a far easier time chewing and digesting old favourites such as fruits, nuts, insects and carrion if they were cooked.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “A good rule of thumb is ‘Biology enables, culture forbids.’ Biology is willing to tolerate a very wide spectrum of possibilities. It’s culture that obliges people to realise some possibilities while forbidding others.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The Scientific Revolution has not been a revolution of knowledge. It has been above all a revolution of ignorance. The great discovery that launched the Scientific Revolution was the discovery that humans do not know the answers to their most important questions. Premodern.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Silence isn’t neutrality; it is supporting the status-quo.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The Salviati World Map, 1525.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “In the twenty-first century our personal data is probably the most valuable resource most humans still have to offer, and we are giving it to the tech giants in exchange for email services and funny cat videos. From.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “The Buddha taught that the three basic realities of the universe are that everything is constantly changing, nothing has any enduring essence, and nothing is completely satisfying. You can explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy, of your body, or of your mind, but you will never encounter something that does not change, that has an eternal essence, and that completely satisfies you.”
Yuval Noah Harari Quote: “Cowry shells and dollars have value only in our common imagination. Their worth is not inherent in the chemical structure of the shells and paper, or their colour, or their shape. In other words, money isn’t a material reality – it is a psychological construct. It works by converting matter into mind.”
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