We Are Agora
How Humanity Functions as a Single Superorganism That Shapes Our World and Our Future
by Byron Reese
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Pub Date 12 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2024
Could humans unknowingly be a part of a larger superorganism—one with its own motivations and goals, one that is alive, and conscious, and has the power to shape the future of our species?
This is the fascinating theory from author and futurist Byron Reese, who calls this human superorganism “Agora.”
In We Are Agora, Reese starts by asking the question, “What is life and how did it form?” From there, he looks at how multicellular life came about, how consciousness emerged, and how other superorganisms in nature have formed. Then, he poses eight big questions based on the Agora theory, including:
- If ants have colonies, bees have hives, and we have our bodies, how does Agora manifest itself? Does it have a body?
- Can Agora explain things that happen that are both under our control and near universally undesirable, such as war?
- How can Agora theory explain long-term progress we’ve made in the world?
In this unique and ambitious work that spans all of human history and looks boldly into its future, Reese melds science and history to look at the human species from a fresh new perspective. Told with his characteristic wit and compulsive readability, We Are Agora will give readers a better understanding of where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how our fates are intertwined.
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This groundbreaking book presents the radical notion that humanity operates as part of a vast superorganism with its own driving consciousness. Seamlessly interweaving science and history, it offers a fresh take on the human species and our interconnected destiny over time.
I LOVED this. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the book is thoughtful, fascinating, and fun. This exploration of how civilization is an emergent property of human organisms gave me a new way of looking at the world.
Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.