Yuval Harari on how mankind is about to control evolution

The author of the best-seller ‘Sapiens’ which relates the history of humankind over 70,000 years looks into the future and tells us that human bodies and minds will be the most important products of the 21st century

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Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

You are an academic in the somewhat obscure field of medieval military history. What drove you to take on such a big theme as the rise of Homo sapiens?

Mainly the realization that humankind is about to make probably the most important decisions in history. After four billion years during which life on Earth evolved according to the principles of natural selection, science is now giving us the possibility of changing the most basic rules of life and starting a new kind of evolution, evolution by intelligent design.

And secondly, science is giving us the opportunity to start creating non-organic life. The combination of these two things, the movement from natural selection to intelligent design and from organic to non-organic life, could be the greatest revolution in the history of life. It’s up to us to make the best use of this opportunity and for this we need a better grasp of our place in the world and where we came from.

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