21 Lessons for the 21st Century [Book Review]

October 14, 2018

Its been a minute since I posted here and I just wanted to recoup from posting everyday for the month of September. It took its toll but now I’m good and want to get back to my normal schedule of posting 2-3 times a week. Without any further ado, lets get to today’s review.

Book Details

Title: 21 Lessons for the 21st century || Author: Yuval Noah Harari || Published: 30 August 2018 || Publisher: Penguin Random House || Publicist: Anje Niemandt || Pages: 352

Summary

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?

This book 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.

My Thoughts

I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about the other two books from the author; Sapiens and Homo Deus, which I have not read as yet.  I was excited to get a copy of this book. 

The writing for me was just amazing, it is simple and easier to understand, The book is devided in sections which are labelled properly making it easier to understand and follow along. 

This book covers most of critical issues shaping how the human civilization survives the 21st century and this books tries to address these questions. This book addresses questions that are very important in this time. I think he did a good job introducing some of the topics in a way that is understandable. Recent examples have been used throughout the book to capture the readers curiosity.

Harari argues that the challenges facing us in this age, are unprecedented, and can only be confronted through international cooperation and liberal democracy. These great challenges include climate change and the acceleration of technology – particularly AI and biotechnology – which will change what it means to be human as our cognitive abilities are matched and decision-making is automated. As these changes accelerate, we will fumble for new meaning in the world: “The liberal story was the story of ordinary people. How can it remain relevant to a world of cyborgs and networked algorithms?” Harari asks.

Overall, this book may be an eye-opening book for many. Even if one disagrees with Harari’s assertions or solutions, the merit of the book lies in opening up the issues in their totality, thereby allowing the reader to pause and contemplate on where we, humanity as a whole, are headed and if we can improve the prospects of our future by altering our actions in the present.

Rating

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2 responses to “21 Lessons for the 21st Century [Book Review]”

  1. Abigail says:

    I don’t know how to Like so I’ll Comment. Thanks for a great review.

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