#31 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Shaping a Sapiens-friendly World

As we move from the age of liberal democracy we need a new deal for the planet. Facing truly global threats, the rise of nationalism cannot be the answer to the problems of humanity. In “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”, Yuval Noah Harari discusses the challenges we are all facing, whether we like it or not, and suggests that the solution is closer to us than we may think.

TIME STAMPS
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00:50 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – background and brief intro
2:30 Part 1: The Technological Challenge
3:15 Disillusionment – are we just biological algorithms?
5:35 Work – how do we tackle the challenges that AI brings us?
9:20 Liberty – are we slaves under the new big data algorithms?
12:20 Equality – the future belongs to those who own the data
13:55 Part 2: The Political Challenge
14:45 Community – humans need more offline and physical connections
15:55 Civilization – everyone adopts systems that work
19:55 Nationalism – we need global solutions to global problems
22:25 Religion – we need reality-based solutions, not mythical
24:30 Immigration – multiculturalism has benefits but complicates global problem-solving
26:20 Part 3: Despair & Hope
26:30 Terrorism – keep calm and carry on
29:30 War – we know it is better avoided, but don’t under-estimate the stupidity of humankind
33:00 God – we should look for authority elsewhere
35:00 Secularism – truth, compassion, equality and responsibility
39:20 Part 4: Truth
39:45 Ignorance – you know less than you think
41:45 Justice – the world we live in is too complex for us to make good judgements
45:50 Post-truth – storytelling has become more important than ever
47:30 Science-fiction – what we can learn from thought-provoking fiction
49:30 Part 5: Resilience
50:15 Education – learning to learn and to how reinvent yourself are the skills of the future
54:15 Meaning – what creates purpose in our lives?
58:10 Meditation – the answer is inside
1:00:55 Thank you & bye

REFERENCES
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31:55 Factor 2.9 episodes:
#25 Superforecasting and #29 Interview with Ginger Campbell, MD.

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