An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Biography, memoir, non-fiction, science
Published: Oct 2013 by Macmillan (US) and Little, Brown and Company (UK)
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth was definitely one of the more interesting and compelling memoir of sorts that I’ve read which proffered valuable life lessons. Lessons which in fact seemed to go against conventional thinking and life coaching such as visualising success, not sweating the small stuff and not caring about what others think. Chris Hadfield’s experience as an astronaut – or more importantly, on becoming an astronaut – proved otherwise.
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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-fiction, Philosophy, History, Science
Pages: 464 pages (US paperback edition)
Published: 8th September 2016 by Harvill Secker (UK) & 21st February 2017 by Harper (US)
Not as good as Homo Sapiens but Homo Deus did provide me with additional informative knowledge and intriguing speculations told in an engaging and thought-provoking style.
“People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes.”
I will first say that Harari is a good writer, he really knows how to make interesting topics more compelling and he also kept me focused on information that would’ve been boring to read usually. Frankly speaking, there were indeed some sections in Part II—liberalism—that in my opinion was super dull and dry to read, but Part 1 and Part 3 of the book was superb; I found the majority of my attention grabbed by the way Harari discussed topics that evidently relevant in our society. Unlike Homo Sapiens which mostly dealt with facts and how humanity progressed—or stay the same—from the past up to the present, in Homo Deus Harari tells and speculates what comes after; what kind of futures humanity might be facing or going for based on the data and theories gathered from our history and present timeframe. There are so many topics that I could talk about here, but I feel like talking too much would diminish the benefit of reading this book itself; I’ll refrain from doing that and gives a bit of my opinion regarding one of the topics discussed: the power and curses of social media. …
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