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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  20,046 ratings  ·  2,065 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 chi
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Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Spiegel & Grau (first published August 2018)
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Marie (UK) I read EVERY word of this book - i got a free copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review and believe me this is a book i will be talking about…moreI read EVERY word of this book - i got a free copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review and believe me this is a book i will be talking about for years to come(less)
Raul Delgado It is not needed but recommended, this book uses some references to the previous books. If you have the opportunity read them too, specially sapiens…moreIt is not needed but recommended, this book uses some references to the previous books. If you have the opportunity read them too, specially sapiens is a masterpiece.(less)

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Emily May
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 2018
I really like Harari. I like his books a lot, but I think that is at least in part due to how much I like him. He seems like an intelligent, intuitive and empathetic person, and so his books become all those things.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century is really a book about where we are and how we can move forward. It bridges the gap between Sapiens, which was about our past, and Homo Deus, which is about our future. Here, Harari looks at where we stand technologically and politically, debunking m
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Bill Gates
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The human mind wants to worry. This is not necessarily a bad thing—after all, if a bear is stalking you, worrying about it may well save your life. Although most of us don’t need to lose too much sleep over bears these days, modern life does present plenty of other reasons for concern: terrorism, climate change, the rise of A.I., encroachments on our privacy, even the apparent decline of international cooperation.

In his fascinating new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the historian Yuval No
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David Wineberg
Society 101

Yuval 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 “lessons” they are unhelpful.

He has conveniently
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is quite difficult to review.

I enjoyed Part 1 about the technological challenges humans will be faced with and how we can adapt. It reminded me that I need to read Homo Deus which hopefully will satisfy that craving for me.

The rest of the book was more political, religious and philosophical than I usually go for. The title misrepresented the content of the book as there are 21 chapters, not 21 lessons.

Overall learned quite a bit but I much preferred his other work.

I received an ARC fr
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Anni
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 somebody to arrange all of the bits of information into a meani
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||Swaroop||
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-the-reviewer
"Change is the only constant."

"I am free to create my own dharma."

This book has been an interesting, fascinating, enlightening, liberating, scary and an exciting read!

The psyche of Homo sapiens...

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari is all about perspective on what's happening right now and clarity about the greatest challenges and important choices. This book covers a wide range of topics, from Disillusionment, War, Politics to Meditation.

Homo sapiens is just not built for sati
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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 passando por um movimento de descrédito da política, um misto
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Mehrsa
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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 the future sound like fantasy and science fiction, ...more
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 chew on.

Strongly recommended
Otis Chandler
Harari is one of my favorite authors of late, and his books Sapiens and Home Deus are among my favorites. This book builds on those, and is equally fascinating. He is one of those clear thinkers who is able to put together multiple macro trends combined with philosophical perspective. Sapiens is about the past, Deus about the future, and this book purports to be 21 lessons about the present. But it is also rooted in the past, and preparing us for the future.

One of Harari's key themes in Deus an
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André Oliveira
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is going to upset some people.

I really enjoyed Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow , my favorite being Sapiens.

okay. this book.

Yuval Noah Harari takes some really big topics as religion, nationalism, secularism, liberty, equality, immigration, terrorism, fake news and so much more, and give us his opinions on these subjects
always being really frank and upfront.

So, I can say that I liked this book because I agree with a lot of his opinions. I
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Jenna
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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-reading them and reflecting on all that is contai
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Maria Ferreira
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 parte: “O Desafio Tecnológico”

Lição 1 – Desilusão: O fim da his
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Argos
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sentezlerini net olarak anlattığı bir kitap olmuş.
Kitabı beğenip beğenmemeniz tamamen baktığınız pencereye
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Anni
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Life as we know it, Jim
Or: 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 somebody to arrange all of the bits of information into a meaningful p
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Ahmed Alsahaf
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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 fairly interesting and/or enjoyable, others so full of
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kartik narayanan
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Nelson Zagalo
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: academic
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 fora. Na verdade este livro nada oferece de novo, lê-se c ...more
Krista
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc, essays, nonfiction
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 history, Homo Deus was about our deep future, and
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SCARABOOKS
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
E' una sorta di iper-Bignami sullo stato del mondo presente con brevi proiezioni (vagamente tendenti al catastrofico) sul futuro prossimo venturo. Harari, che è uno storico israeliano di nobile curriculum e che ci tiene a tenersi su,  la chiama “visione sintetica dei processi storici globali”. 
Un buon saggio di divulgazione. Il condensato di lavori precedenti, dicono di  livello. Si legge facile (ottimo per il treno o, vista la scansione a paragrafi relativamente brevi, anche per la metro; anzi
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Ray
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic, spirit
I got a lot out of this book. I do understand the criticisms that Harari can be unfocused in this list of lessons, or rather questions without clear answers (but what's wrong with that?), and it is not quite the must-read that was Sapiens and even Homo Deus.

That said, having a book of Yuval Harari disjointedly riffing about the state of the world is about the most fascinating kind of read I could ask for. The more, the better. His ideas about religion, technology, story-telling, identity, medit
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Tuncer Şengöz
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Kitabın neredeyse her paragrafı, okurken (bir türlü) mantıklı geliyor, ama kitabın kapağını kapatıp üzerine biraz düşündüğünüzde bir şeyler kopuk, ya da eksik duygusuna kapılıyorsunuz. (En azından ben bu duyguya kapılıyorum) Sanırım Harari'nin de kafası epeyce karışık.

Kitabın Adalet bölümü en orijinal fikirlerin olduğu bölüm. Adalet duygumuzun neden bulanık olduğuna Harari'nin getirdiği açıklamalar oldukça ilginç.

Bilim Kurgu bölümü bence kitabın en sığ ve yanlış yorumlanmış bölümü. Sanırım Harar
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Dr Osama
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
إذا أردت أن تقرأ كتابا يثير في كل صفحة من صفحاته العديد من الأسئلة ويترك المجال لعقلك للوصول إلى إجابات مفتوحة فعليك بقراءة هذا الكتاب. عنوانه واحد وعشرون درسا للقرن الواحد والعشرين ومؤلفه ايفول نوح هراري. وبغض النظر عن جنسية المؤلف أو ثقافته فما يطرح من أفكار في كتابه يستوقف القاريء ويدعوه للتأمل في كثير من القضايا الفلسفية، التاريخية، العلمية، الدينية والسياسية. يمكن اعتبار الكتاب مقدمة لفهم طريقة تفكير العلماني المعاصر. ليس بالضرورة أن تتفق مع كل ما يطرحه الكتاب ولكنك ستشعر بأفكاره الناقدة تد ...more
Preston Kutney
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 that are simply his opinions.
Vityska
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: нонфікшн
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 стосуватимуться усіх нас (або наших дітей чи внуків).

От, наприклад Великі Дані (Big Data), їхні алгоритми і штучний інтелект. Здавалося б, який стосунок вони мають до рядового офісного працівника в Токіо, лікаря-терапевта в Чикаго чи до лакшері-діви
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Reza Mahmoudi
هراری در کتاب «انسان خردمند گذشتهٔ ما را بررسی کرد.در کتاب انسان خداگونه به آیندهٔ ما میپردازه اکنون یکی از خلاقترین اندیشمندان این سیاره به حال حاضر بازمیگردد تا عاجلترین موضوعات و معضلات امروزین را در کتاب 21 درس برای قرن بیست و یکم توضیح دهد.
چگونه کامپیوترها و روباتها معنای انسان بودن را تغییر می دهند؟ چگونه با بیماری همه گیر اخبار جعلی برخورد کنیم؟ آیا ملت ها و ادیان هنوز هم بهم مرتبط هستند؟ ما باید به فرزندانمان چه چیزی آموزش بدهیم؟
کتاب 21 درس برای قرن بیست و یکم نوشته یووال نوح هراری، در
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Lou
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 climate change, to name but a few. I found each top ...more
Nadia Refaniadewi
can't wait!
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Professor Harari was born in Haifa, Israel, to Lebanese parents in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He specialized in World History, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions: What is the relation between history and biolo
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