What Harari has done here is quite a feat. He has squeezed what could easily been a series of books into one volume, covering topics like:
▪️The resurrection of nationalism.
▫️What to do in a post-jobs world.
▪️The opportunity cost of fighting terrorism.
▫️Why we need a deep understanding of suffering and how to attain it.
▪️What should we teach our kids in school to prepare the for the future?
▫️How to live in the age of biotech, algorithms and AI.
▪️Is religion still relevant?
▫️Do we need a whole new ideology to deal with the problems of the 21st century when liberalism just wont cut it anymore?
▪️Culturism vs. Rasism.
The book is relevant, nuanced and sometimes frightening.
How do I plan do dig deeper into the themes covered in this book in 2019?
I will read ‘Future Presence’ early next year. It’s about human connection in a future of virtual reality.
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While his other books, Sapiens and Homo Deus, focused on the past and the far future – this book focuses on the present and mankind’s immediate challenges.
Topics are ranging from how to deal with disruptive technologies, the resurrection of nationalism and the relevancy of religions. Harari wants to shine a light on the fact that we are lacking new idea systems that are capable to help us navigate these new and trying times. Liberalism and the other old ideologies just won’t make the cut anymore.
📝 The opportunity cost of fighting terrorism is that the money could have be used to fight other threats; like global warming.
📝 Disruptive technologies will likely create a new “worthless class” of billions. Marxism might make a come back when jobs are being threatened, one might think? But Marxism presumes that the workers labour is of value. That probably won’t be the case with advancements in automation.
📝 Protect humans not jobs. Finding meaningful pursuit for humans is the most important problem to solve in a future without jobs.
📝 You don’t need religious text to be moral. Apes learned to take care of the poor and weak well before the Bible told them so.
📝 “If you want reliable information, pay good money for it.” 👌🏻
A whole bookshelf worth of topics is crammed into one small volume, which becomes a problems when each chapter deserves its own book.
Harari don’t have a solution for all the issues. He offers the same advise that wise people and sages always have: sit down on a cushion and observe your sensations. Know thyself, and get to know suffering deeply enough so that you can act in a way that reduces it both your life and in the life of others.
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