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This was the intriguing advice given to Yuval Harari in writing his “Homo Deus”.  Yigel Borochovsky is mentioned in the author’s list of the people he thanks for helping him with the composition of his massive bestseller – a must-read – as the person who convinced him to “go easy on God”.  The title of the book is itself a provocation, and any “Brief History of the Future” must necessarily raise the question how “God” fits into the picture of the next steps in human evolution, the subject of this 450-page illuminating essay.  Clearly Harari has put more than a splash of holy water into the robust wine of his mind-bending text.  His atheism shows, but it is not militant.  One gets the impression that as Laplace said to Napoleon, he simply “has no need of that hypothesis”.

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