“Fascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century.”—Bill Gates, The New York Times Book Review
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY FINANCIAL TIMES AND PAMELA PAUL, KQED
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 to survive.
In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, 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 threat 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 21st Century is essential reading.
“If there were such a thing as a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of provocative essays, Harari . . . tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: ‘What is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?’”—BookPage (top pick)
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About the Author
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in world history. His two books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, have become global bestsellers, with more than 12 million copies sold, and translations in more than forty-five languages.
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Table of Contents
Part I The Technological Challenge
1 Disillusionment: The End of History Has Been Postponed 3
2 Work: When You Grow Up, You Might Not Have a Job 19
3 Liberty: Big Data Is Watching You 44
4 Equality: Those Who Own the Data Own the Future 73
Part II The Political Challenge
5 Community: Humans Have Bodies 85
6 Civilization: There Is Just One Civilization in the World 93
7 Nationalism: Global Problems Need Global Answers 110
8 Religion: God Now Serves the Nation 127
9 Immigration: Some Cultures Might Be Better than Others 140
Part III Despair And Hope
10 Terrorism: Don't Panic 161
11 War: Never Underestimate Human Stupidity 173
12 Humility: You Are Not the Center of the World 184
13 God: Don't Take the Name of God in Vain 200
14 Secularism: Acknowledge Your Shadow 207
Part IV Truth
15 Ignorance: You Know Less than You Think 221
16 Justice: Our Sense ofJustice Might Be Out of Date 228
17 Post-Truth: Some Fake News Lasts Forever 236
18 Science Fiction: The Future Is Not What You See in the Movies 250
Part V Resilience
19 Education: Change Is the Only Constant 263
20 Meaning: Life Is Not a Story 273
21 Meditation: Just Observe 314