Sunday, 18 November 2018

Yuval Noah Harari's book "21 Lessons for the 21st Century"

I went to my mailbox at Greenway on October 21, 2018 and found this book. Greg had sent it to me; at the same time he had purchased a copy for himself. We've been doing this for several years now with several meaningful writings. Our procedure is to read and discuss the content (and merits or otherwise). We usually talk about it on the phone, and sometimes in person which can happen several times a year. This time Terryl and I scheduled a cruise to Cuba from Miami on October 25 with a return to Toronto on November 1, 2018; so I left this book at home and started my read asap. Greg started a new position in Shawinigan on November 5 causing his priorities to be altered so to speak.

Professor Harari is 40 years old and lectures in History at the University of Israel. His knowledge transcends the study of past events and this book solidifies his well-earned position to discuss civilized nations of the world and, if I may, to predict future cultural aspects and habits of the world we will be living in. And we can expect more change than we have learned to live with over the last two generations. What is an algorithm? "It is a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer." Harari suggests that because we will find algorisms useful for all manner of human thinking and calculations, so functional in fact that society will turn to computers to diagnose human medical conditions, decide legal advice, teach our children, assemble complex mechanical devices and other operations that traditionally were satisfied by accomplished well-trained men and women. That in itself can be satisfactory but what will these replaced professional people do with all this free time?

You can reach the author here:
www.ynharari.com
On Facebook.com/Prof.Yuval.Noah.Harari
On Twitter: @harari_yuval
On youtube.com/c/YuvalNoahHarari1






If you decided to visit Yuval's website you have seen several interview videos providing insight to his thought process which is unstrained and natural. His thoughtful answers and delivery are as natural as his meditative and philosophical writing.
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