Over a year ago, I had made a very similar argument against Homo Deus, from the perspective of a…
Philipp Markolin
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Your comment ‘the real value of Harari’s book Homo deus lies in the fact that we cannot tell for sure in which ways he is obviously wrong’ is genius! I might quote you on that at some point, if I may :)

Thank you for your comment, I was not aware of his misconceptions when it comes to genome editing! And I think, in the lines of what you said, this is exactly the problem with the books: most of the readers are probably only experts in one of the many fields Harari covers in his books. When reading it you realise the mistakes related to your field, but probably think one blunder connected to something very specialised is excusable, not knowing about all the other problems. I have found several short comments about his books (mainly Homo Sapiens) where experts in a field complain about the mistakes related to their subject.

However, what I think is always wrong and should never be encouraged is changing and bending research results to your will. He is a professor and does that. If we keep allowing this to happen people might eventually completely loose faith in science and research, and we could end up with a society dominated by flat earthers or climate-change-deniers.