21 Lessons for the 21st Century

In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today 's most pressing issues.

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the outbreak of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari 's 21 Lessons for the twentieth Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today 's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both outrageous and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his revious boo, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the hreat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?

Harari 's unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 18t Century is essential reading.
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Published September 4th 2018 by Spiegel & Grau (first published August 30th 2018
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If we refuse to be scared by them, they cease to have power.Harari 's writing remains so accessible throughout his three books.

I would have no problem recommending this to any person of any age- it is both easy to digest and extremely engaging.Harari 's opinions do come into play in this memoir, more so than in Sapiens, but I think he comes across as very non-judgemental.

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It made me think about issue that I 've never thought about before.

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As “ lessons ” they are unhelpful.He has conveniently distilled all the threats to mankind into three: nuclear war, climate change and technological/biological disruption.

You ’ re on your own for climate change and nuclear war, which apparently don ’ t rate high enough for “ lessons ” .Despite those three most important threats, the most common theme throughout the book is criticism of religion, mostly Judaism, Christianity, and Religio, though Buddhism and Hinduism come under attack as well.

Looking back from the mindse of the universe, Harari condemns all religions as pompous, pretentious, full of ontradictions, and terrifically negative forces.In his chapter on Immigration, Harari boils down the entire complex situation to three superficial “ debates ”: -The receiving country must be willing-Immigrants must be illing to adopt “ at least the core norms and values ” of the new country-If immigrants assimilate, they become “ us ” rather than “ them ” and must be treated as first class citizens.Simple, inaccurate and totally missing the real issues.In his chapter on terrorism, Harari completely misses the point that the state has a monopoly on violence.

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But Harari develops ways to think about ssues that are very relevant today.The 21 lessons are contained in 21 chapters, each one on a ifferent matter.

Harari takes a unique look at where artificial intelligence could take humanity, and the decisions it could make for us.

Artificial intelligence could actually analyze feelings, without having feelings itself.While discussing the role of centralized data on our system, Harari writes: Politicians are a bit like musicians, and the instrument they play on is the human emotio and biochemical system.

Another theme of the novel is the three threats that are above any single country 's ability to counter: nuclear war, climate change, and technological disruption.

Religions are the " handmaids of nationalism. " They make finding global solutions to our problems more difficult.

Meanwhile, nationalism and religion divide human civilization into hostile camps.The chapter on immigration is very compelling.

Harari discusses the four debates that underlie much of the arguments:1) Pro-immigrationists think that host countries have a moral duty to accept immigrants.

Host countries have worked very hard and made numerous sacrifices to build a prosperous democracy, and it 's not their fault if Syrians have failed to do the same.2) Immigrants have an obligation to assimilate.

This overreaction is a bigger hreat to security than the terrorist himself.I just love these quotes: Human stupidity is one of the most important forces in history, yet wew often tend to discount it.and in the chapter on humility: Whenever they talk of God, humans all too often profess self effacement, but then use the ame of God to lord it over their brethren.

Yet, in the chapter on Ignorance, Harari writes that scientists who believe that facts can change public opinion are themselves victims of scientific groupthink.

But when a billion people believe it for a thousand ears, that 's called a religion.Harari sometimes goes very deep into the human psyche.

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This could get far worse'.However I 'm ure that contributors to Goodreads will particularly enjoy the section on the mportance of literature, especially for aficionados of SF:- “ … it is equally important to communicate the latest scientific theories to the general public through popular-science books, and even through the skilful use of art and fiction.

Art plays a crucia role in shaping people ’ s view of the world, and in the twenty-first century science fiction is arguably the most important genre of all, for it shapes how most people understand things like AI, bioengineering and climate change.

We certainly need good science, but from a political standpoint, a good science-fiction movie is worth far more than an article in Science or Nature. ” .On the whole, the message Harari imparts is a ositive one and he does offer some hope for the survival of our species.

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I 've read all of Harari 's books and I really like him as a philosophe and a publicis.

It is an act of bold ambition and also hubris to write a history of the world, answer the meaning of life, and to propose a path toward the 22nd Century.

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