21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

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 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 ...

Details 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Title21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, History, Philosophy, Science, Politics

Reviews 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Anni
    It's Life as we know it, Jim! (But don't ask what it means).'A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. ‘Well,’ he answered, ‘I have learned that I am here on earth in order to help other people. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here.’As Harari explains: “We are now living in an age of information explosion … the last thing people need is more information. What they really need is...
  • David Wineberg
    Society 101Yuval Harari is well known for his books Sapiens and Homo Deus. He has decided to squander his reputation on a book called 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. The basic problem is that every chapter is the subject of whole shelves of books, and putting them all in one book cannot possibly do them justice. What we have left is a set of 21 editorials, which might inform the totally uninformed, but provide little insight and no solutions. As...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Harari sendo Harari. Mais um daqueles livros que mudou a minha perspectiva em uma série de fatores. Da sociedade japonesa ao movimento político atual. O livro pula bastante da discussão sobre super-humanos tocando o mundo do futuro, o que achei ótimo, já que é algo que ele discute bastante em Homo Deus.Em 2016, li o Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age, do Castells, que fala sobre como vários países estão pa...
  • Anton
    As always, masterful and exquisite non-fiction writing as we come to expect from Mr Harari. Delightful, wise and very perceptive. This book can be seen as an expansion and a companion to Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The attention of this volume is focused on the Present as opposed to Past or the Future. Some parts will make you feel inspired, others will sow a despair. But it is a relevant and useful book that will give you a plenty to...
  • Jenna
    Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question." Has anyone ever asked you which author you would choose to read if you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one author with you? I could not come up with any one writer until reading Yuval Harari. Now, I would without a doubt choose him. There might only be 3 books he's written so far, and though I've read all 3, I could spend years re-...
  • Maria Ferreira
    Preâmbulo As lições que se apresentam neste livro, advém de conversas que o professor Youval Noah Harari teve com várias pessoas: alunos, leitores, investigadores, políticos, etc. A lente que aqui se apresenta não é a de um microscópio, mas sim a lente dos óculos do professor. Este espírito não o tive na minha primeira abordagem ao livro, e talvez por isso o tenha afastado inicialmente por discordar do discurso de Harari .Primeira par...
  • Argos
    Harari’nin üçüncü kitabı olan “21. Yüzyıl için 21 Ders”, önceki kitabı Homo Deus’taki ivme kaybının azalıp, ilk kitabı Homo Sapiens’e yaklaştığı bir kitap olmuş. İlk kitabındaki 2 milyon yıllık insanlık tarihi anlatımı ikinci kitabında biraz bilimkurgu niteliğini alarak fütüristik kurgu (fiction) şekline dönmüştü. Bu kitabı yine bilgi yüklü, yine yazarın sözünü esirgemeden düşüncelerini ve se...
  • Nelson Zagalo
    Adoro Harari. Adorei os dois primeiros livros — "Sapiens" (2011) e "Homo Deus" (2015). "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" (2018) é um livro diferente dos anteriores, nota-se que foi escrito de forma muito mais rápida, menos amadurecida, mais como resposta ou encomenda, o que ele próprio confirma quando diz que queria responder às perguntas que lhe foram fazendo nos últimos dois anos enquanto foi apresentando os anteriores livros pelo mundo ...
  • Mehrsa
    I've read all of Harari's books and I really like him as a thinker and a writer. This book is wonderful in the way all his books are wonderful and is flawed in the way the rest are. 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. He certainly does not do all of that, but the act of trying is a lot of fun to read. A lot of his predictions for ...
  • kartik narayanan
    What can I say about this book that will do it justice? Nothing. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is yet another seminal work by Yuval Noah Harari, which deals with the challenges facing us here and now. He tackles different topics from varying perspectives. Even if you do not agree with everything he says, one thing is for sure - he makes you think.Prepare to have your worldview expand if you read this book. It is a definite keeper.
  • Anni
    It's Life as we know it, JimOr: Don't ask what it means!'A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. ‘Well,’ he answered, ‘I have learned that I here on earth in order to help other people. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here.’As Harari explains: “We are now living in an age of information explosion … the last thing people need is more information. What they really need is somebo...
  • Ilenia Zodiaco
    Recensione: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwj8C...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    The author has a good sense of the forces that are shaping our world. The author really understands the current historical moment and the factors that people should pay attention to. From education to war and peace, to class warfare, to technological displacement, to climate change the author gives a good guide to the times we are living in. Good stuff.
  • Krista
    Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. Homo sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions. Ever since the Stone Age, self-reinforcing myths have served to unite human collectives. Indeed, Homo sapiens conquered this planet thanks above all to the unique human ability to create and spread fictions.As Yuval Noah Hurari states in his introduction, his book Sapiens was about the deep past of human...
  • Jessaka
    Global Warming and the Future. How can you write a book about the future if you don’t write about global warming? Or about how mankind is going to become extinct in the next 50 years, according to some scientists? I suppose the author means, if all goes well, this is what will happen in the future. His future doesn’t sit right with me because I don’t like what we have already done top this planet. So cars will no longer need humans to drive...
  • Ahmed Alsahaf
    Unlike the author's previous books, this one was clearly "written" at the request of publishers; a pure marketing move.This should have been obvious, if not from the painfully commercial title, then from the fact that the author would not have had the time to write anything of substance since Homo Deus.The book is a collection of essays, and it would have been more honest to market it as such. The essays themselves vary in quality; some are fairl...
  • Vityska
    це книжка, яку не можна прочитати "запоєм", бо вона містить стільки ідей та прогнозів і провокує стільки думок, що потрібен час на їх осмислення. І водночас це книжка, від якої дуже складно відірватися, тому що йдеться у ній про речі, які потенційно ...
  • Preston Kutney
    If you’ve read Sapiens and Homo Deus (which I really enjoyed), you can skip. This is basically a collection of Harari’s opinions on a group of topics somewhat relevant to today, repackaged from his first two books, with all the same strengths and flaws: good storytelling about human history, human nature, the future; but also the signature flaw in his writing - very little distinction between ideas that have substantial evidence and those tha...
  • SueKich
    Brainstorming the future.Superstar publishing phenomenon Yuval Noah Harari has racked up 12 million sales of his books, Sapiens and Homo Deus. From talking about the past, he now turns to the future. Some of it we already know of course – artificial intelligence, algorithms – but as he goes into the ramifications of this rapidly-evolving technology, it’s scary stuff: the systems that will know us better than we know ourselves, the lack of m...
  • SueLucie
    I am becoming quite an evangelist for this book. I am keen to discuss it with everyone I know and, when it is published in a couple of months, I’ll be making sure they all read it. Perceptive and witty, seriously well researched, I was mesmerised by Harari’s take on the world as it is now and how it could be in the near future. He is the first to admit he doesn’t have all the answers to solve modern dilemmas but he is a whiz at distilling c...
  • Lou
    Yuval Noah Harari, author of 'Sapiens', which looked at the history of mankind and 'Homo Deus' which looked to the future, is back with '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' a book which very much explores present day issues. As I enjoyed his previous two books I was excited to delve into this collection to see how it would compare. Just as accessible as the others it discusses important topical issues such as fake news, immigration, terrorism, and c...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]I read Harari’s two other books (“Sapiens” and “Homo Deus”), and quite liked them, so when this one was available, I couldn’t help but request it. It did turn out to be an interesting read as well, dealing with current problems that we just can’t ignore: global warming, terrorism, the rise of harmful ideologies, etc. It’s definitely not seen throu...
  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Humanity faces unprecedented global challenges in the 21st century: climate change, the threat of nuclear war, growing inequality, artificial intelligence and automation, job loss and worker irrelevance, and a growing sense of disillusionment with liberalism that is driving humanity to embrace the counter-enlightenment values of nationalism and religion. Yuval Noah Harari spends much of the book outlining these problems, placing them in historica...
  • Darian Onaciu
    I've listened to both Sapiens and Homo Deus and this book follows in the veins of the previous two.Whereas Sapiens attempts a brief history of humankind and Homo Deus looks at the future, 21 Lessons comes smack in the middle and delves into several potential problems for humanity: nuclear war, climate change and technological innovation.As his previous works, this book will make you sad, laugh out loud - especially the bit about the altruistic al...
  • Michael Scott
    To-do full review:i A book about the main topics of discussion today? I'm interested and open to argument and nuance, just make it worthwhile.--- Overall, it reads like a run of the mill survey of key political, technical, and economical topics in the typical direction taken by The Economist, Politico, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Unfortunately, I happen to read these regularly so the summary here is not worth the extra effort, and I fin...
  • Hayli
    Sapiens explored the past, Homo Deus transported us to the future and 21 Lessons leaves us in the very real, very tragic present. Did I like it more than Sapiens? Yes. Did I like it more than Homo Deus? I don't know yet. Nobody can doubt that Harari is an excellent writer I'm just not sure if his subject matter is entirely what I want to read. On the one hand I commend him for being so accessible to those who want to learn more about the evolutio...