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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Auteur(s): Yuval Noah Harari
Narrateur(s): Derek Perkins
Durée: 11 h et 41 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (957 évaluations)

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Number One New York Times Best Seller

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.

"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 21 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. 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 listening.

"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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Ce que les critiques en disent

“Truly mind-expanding...Ultra-topical...Harari’s big selling point [is] the ambition and breadth of his work, smashing together unexpected ideas into dazzling observations.” (The Guardian)

“This well-informed and searching book is one to be savored and widely discussed.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

“Erudite, illuminating, vivid. [Harari’s] lessons suggest new ways of thinking about current problems...a splendid, sobering, stirring call to arms.” (Sunday Times)
 

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Eloquent & insightful, yet lacking in direction

I respect Harari's work a lot. He's triggering conversations we should all be having.

To me, it felt like these 21 lessons were more insights than actual, actionable lessons. Some chapters showed more direction than others though, which is what I was expecting to find coming into this book. The chapter on terrorism, for instance, really struck a chord with me.

Overall, Harari strongly and rightly criticises our current "story" (liberalism/humanism), yet doesn't quite offer a cohesive, compelling alternative.

Maybe he wants us to make our own decisions as to where to go next? I'm not sure.

Most of the insights in there could have been extracted from Harari's two previous books with relative ease. It doesn't mean there isn't value in rehashing and reformatting them, just that novelty isn't fully on the menu.

If you're not familiar with Harari's work, I think you'll enjoy this book even more. It's a solid entry point into his meta, long-term view of the human race.

In any case, it is definitely worth your time and thoughts! 🙇

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Harari’s Books are a delight

If you have been following Yuval Noah Harari’s work, you will not be disappointed. He still delivers the same experience, knowledge and insight.

If you are new to his work, I recommend this to read first and then go to Sapiens and Homo Deus.

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21?

I'm not sure where the 21 lessons are. I'm several chapters in, and the book is really about AI and jobs for the most part. The author seems to speak to the same ideas over and over again coming back to artificial intelligence, big data and biotech.

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dreadful ramble with no useful solutions

Harari's book is a labyrinth of arguments and counter arguments drowning in the web of 1st world biotechinfoteck mumbo jumbo. The planet earth is a very big place, with vibrant cultures not hooked to shallow narcissistic social media. People eat, dance, celebrate festivals together...and live without Zuckerberg's ether community. Nor are they looking to algirythms to help them make decisions. Written by someone who spends his life inside first world tech cocoons. Harari, it seems, has fallen victim to his own concepts and algorythms and writes from inside his silo, a dark and very narrow place. Suffocating book.

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Ok

A broad overview that could have had a little more depth. The narrator was fantastic as usual.

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having a hard time buying these arguments

I imagine these were entertaining speculations in a grad seminar, but as a uniform thesis about the state of the world and our future direction, this book just seems weak and uninspiring/uninspired. I found the prognostications to be unconvincing, incomplete and selective. Had much higher expectations.

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Amazing book.

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I have finished first two chapters and will update with more detail review. I am fasinated by how he exaplain the theories. cant wait to finish the book.

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Lack of critical thinking

The author lacks critical thinking. His theories on the future discount that people will always WANT interaction with others and some of us will support people over machines (like not using the Wal-Mart self check out). Clearly he has a very loose grip on science, like the theory of evolution, as evidenced by suggesting that upper class folks could become a separate species. Sounds like a ranting old man. Hard to listen to and would have quit 1/10th of the way through if it wasn’t for a book club.

In one breath he talks about how “big data” will know everything about us, then in the next talks about how poorly some algorithms will work because they will rely on data we input.

He states that algorithms will be easier to correct than human bias, but that hasn’t proven true so far, as all the input datasets for machines to learn from are biased, so it’s nearly impossible for them not to be biased as a result.

I liked a previous book by this author but this one is out to lunch.

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incredible. I've loved all three of his books.

such incredible insight into our past, our present and our future. what an amazing read

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One of the most interesting books I've listened to

loved it. very insightful discussions. narration was great. can't wait to read more by this author

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  • PDubya
  • 2018-12-16

Eye-opening Listen

At first, I was ready to return this book...then I gave it a chance and was solidly hooked. The premises that are proposed Harari are all around us - he presents the "what ifs" and the "think about that" that make you look at everything in a new way. What is revealed is that we live in a complicated and at times scary world. Highly recommended.

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  • Sasa
  • 2019-08-02

excellent, dynamic, entertaining

excellent, dynamic, entertaining
not all of the Expanse books are at the same level, but this one is one of the best

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  • brent
  • 2019-05-18

A rant on meditation

The first couple chapters were good but then it became a bit of a rant on all things organized (government, science, religion)

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  • BryinSiam
  • 2018-10-11

Meandering

Doesn't hold a candle to his two previous books. Derivative. Better to read Prefiction Machines and other analyses of our day. Even Stephen Harper s book Right Here and Now

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