Yuval Noah Harari is a brilliant thinker and author.
He got his Ph.D. in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history.
This is our third Note on his books.
Then we covered his second book, , which “explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness might be.”
Those two books have sold over twelve million (!) copies and have been translated into over forty-five (!) languages.
This is Yuval’s third book. As he says, “In this book I want to zoom in on the here and now. My focus is on current affairs and on the immediate future of human societies. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and most important choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids?”
In many ways, of course, Yuval’s books are outside the scope of our normal Optimizing focus. I’m choosing to share Notes on them because a) I personally want to wrap my brain around these globally Big Ideas so I can lead as effectively as possible (see: ); and, b) I think it’s important we ALL take the time to wrap our brains around these globally Big Ideas so we can all lead as effectively as possible.
As the title of the book suggests, Yuval shares 21 lessons for the 21st century. These lessons include his thoughts on how to think about everything from God, Religion and Terrorism to Education, Meaning and Meditation. It’s a provocative, thoughtful book. (Get a copy .)
I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas with a focus on how we can apply that wisdom to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!
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