Huval Noah Harari and His Arrogant Philosophy

Huval Noah Harari and His Failed Philosophy

His headline brand is a bit provocative, doubtless on purpose. Going to his own website, you get a big banner introduction cover panel that says: “History began when man invented God. Human history will end when men become gods”.

There’s a lot wrong with that statement by itself, starting with the fact that it uses the historically modern trick of mixing up different meanings of words, and using the context of the wider societal conversation to trigger certain ideas. Put another way, the sentence only works in the context of the arrogant branch of the intellectual class, academia. By “arrogant branch” I mean those who hold the amalgam of ideas held by those who rule almost all of academia and intellectual media. That includes academic journals, science journals, public political discussion, the political structures deciding on textbooks, science associations, government-approved NGOs, and NGOs supported by members of the Arrogant Class.

By Arrogant Class I mean the de facto “rulers of this world”, rich and powerful, but not just the rich and powerful. I also include others who are apologists for the Arrogant Class but are not rich and powerful. I also do not include in this group all people who are rich and powerful. Certainly not all the rich.

Put in terms of effect, it reinforces the philosophy that runs across almost all of the modern intellectual and popular “consumption media”. That means everything that comes across a person’s eyes and ears by which he learns how to deal with his world.

To put it another way, there is a group of persons who act in a way that keeps them from being identified as a group. There is a generally nebulous nexus that informally connects secret societies, alliances both open and secretive, and common interests, that now dominate the highest echelons of power and influence in governments, movements, almost all industries and commercial enterprises, cultural and academic groups, religious groups, and the major news and media corporations –aka Big Media.

This man Yuval appears to be one an apologist for the philosophies of this loose-knit group.

There are forces driving this group.

Yuval adds a line to the original one from the Garden of Eden, where the serpent said, “Hath God said?” To which Yuval adds, “And is there such a God?”

Satan couldn’t say that to Eve, because Adam and Eve “walked with God” in the Garden daily.

So with a starting point of a complete contradiction of the origin of man, flipping it to frame it as the origin of God (imagine a laugh track here), and presuming this axiomatically, the rest of his conversation in the interview I read, is warped by that idea.

So he has to invent. Because of the power of story telling, he assumes that the ancient stories, especially in the Bible itself, are myths.

How can he possibly know this for sure?

He cannot know this. The Bible is the ancient text that is the most corroborated and confirmed by archaeology. Skeptics and unbelievers in the early 19th century were saying that the Assyrian Empire in the historical books of the Bible were a myth invented to prop up faith. Until they uncovered the capital of that empire with names and geographical references that matched up consistently with the Biblical version.

Then another vowed he would show the book of Acts to be a myth because there were so many names and places in the book, that he could go to those locations and showing they were just stories. Instead, he found that the book of Acts was accurate in so much detail that he became a Christian.

As usual there are a great many facts that interfere with this narrative. Consider his predictions about the marriage of super-computing and the algorithms of biology, and describing this as “men becoming gods”. This is just another example of the historical error of the arrogance of hubris.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

-Ecclesiastes 1:9

There is an explosion of knowledge, even understanding, available today to mankind, with not only the computing revolution, but with the explosion of knowledge, in part from the sheer volume of huge, massive, body of facts and numbers available in the Internet.

In fact, the possibilities in the explosion of knowledge is held back by the foolishness of men. Censorship of any thought that does not fit the official word from on high by the high priests of statism –a trust in government laws for protection and material security, instead of God. Replacing God with the slippery slope of trust in rule by humans.

There is perspective others have expressed of the “artificial intelligence” that Mr. Yuval predicts will be the fulfillment for men of Satan’s temptation of Eve: “Ye shall be as gods”. One alternative view is that trust in this artificial intelligence will backfire against humanity. Autonomous systems already break down all the time.

The area of computing occupations called artificial intelligence is a very good tool for sure. Trusting it to turn us into gods requires some sophisticated intellectual gymnastics. Men shortchange themselves by trusting in themselves to invent something that will turn them into the kind of gods they like: gods they can control with incantations and commands.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.”

-Psalm 115

Who can beat out beat God’s biology, more than algorithms, just starting with the general plans for anatomy, down to the DNA? Plus the extent dominating influence of epigenetics in biologists only discovered in the 21st century? (*-One biologist saying, “..it is depressing.. having to scratch biology and start all over again..”) Both of which God told us about thousands of years ago, in terms we understand better today than the psalmist that put those words on paper? Members are written “in thy [God’s] book, and epigenetics, working with both genetics and the environment, continues fashioning the organs and the organization of them:

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Psalm 139:16

If you think dominance of the psyche of the “body politic” is a measure of success, the rebels of God look like they are winning today around the world.

1. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3. Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

–Psalm 2

But God gets the last laugh:

5. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

6. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Psalm 2

And in the end of the current stages of man’s history, even the Beast, aka Antichrist, will be shown to the world as subject to God’s rulership:

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

–Daniel 11:45

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