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Yuval Noah Harari on the 21st Future

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Yuval Noah Harari may prove to be of of the more interesting big idea thinkers! 

Harari is an Israeli historian and tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who thoughtfully examines free will, consciousness, and intelligence. Therefore, we thought his new talk on the 21st century perfect for a Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities. He publishes books and essays regularly on power and imagination, science and religion, ecology, money and politics, future and happiness.

His early publications focused on the cognitive revolution, which occurred roughly 50,000 years ago when Homo sapiens  supplanted the rival Neanderthals, mastered cognitive linguistics, developed structured societies, and ascended as apex predators, aided by the agricultural revolution and, more recently, accelerated by scientific methodology and rationale, which has allowed humans to approach new mastery over their environment.  

He is the 2015 author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind  and the 2016 author of Homo Deur: A Brief History of Tomorrow, both of which have been translated into more than 30 languages, with each book selling tens of millions of copies worldwide.  

Harari's most recent book, titled 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was released on September 4, 2018. It tackles a daunting array of issues and endeavors to answer persistent questions: What is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?

This is the paradox of historical knowledge. Knowledge that does not change behaviour is useless. But knowledge that changes behaviour quickly loses its relevance. The more data we have, and the better we understand history, the faster history alters its course, and the faster our knowledge becomes outdated.

Yuval Noah Harari

We suspect our intellectually curious readers will agree wholeheartedly with much of Harari's thought processes on the 21st century, and passionately disagree with others. In any event, none of you will want to miss reading this extraordinary thinker's 21 lessons for the 21st Century.  This is the book I chose to send to my very well-read business partner, Spencer Thornton, MD, for his upcoming 89th birthday. 

And for those who may be interested, including our dear Hawaiian Eye Foundation friend John Corboy, MD, an event titled A Conversation between Sam Harris & Yuval Noah Harari will be held at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on September 13.

Enjoy and have a thoughtful Sunday morning.

Ellen Troyer, Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Now we flip: Should you choose, we highly recommend also spending another hour watching the New York Times Rachel Dry, interview with Yuval Harari and Thomas Friedman. It's sensational. Tom speaks to his latest book, titled Thank You for Being Late - An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.