21 Lessons for the 21st Century

372 pages

English language

Published Sept. 21, 2018

ISBN:
9780525512172

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4 stars (15 reviews)

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 epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st 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 …

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Harari's first two powerhouses: Sapiens and Homo Deus were two books I thoroughly enjoyed. This one, at least to me, missed the mark a little - although I'm struggling to find out why. Sapiens was almost an archetypal story, which is where it gained its power and prominence. Homo Deus, as I stated in my review of it, fell a little flat in the early portions but made up in the discussions of a post-liberal democracy technological future.



Where did 21 lessons go wrong? Why was it wrong? Well. Much of it was perhaps talking about things that are obvious, but could not be considered archetypal. Thus I was not hit in the face with the realisations and acceptance of every page turn like Sapiens. It was more of an "I know this, we struggle with this, because this is fundamentally a Value, and it's not a thing we can …

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