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Things to know before reading 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Sapiens questioned the past and Homo Deus imagined the future. Yuval Noah Harari gives a thrilling account of the history of the humankind and its future with a blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between in these two books. Occupying the space between these books is Harari’s latest work 21 Lessons for the 21st Century which talks about the present scenario of the world with its deep-rooted problems regarding technology and ecological cataclysms.
Addressing the issues that are staring humankind in the face, Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a marvellous follow-up to his earlier works.
Here are some things you should know about his previous books before reading the latest one:
 
The history of humankind and its progression.

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari spans the entire human history, from the earliest humans to walk the earth to the recent breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Deducing on conceptions from biology, anthropology, palaeontology, and economics, he studies how the trends in history has shaped the human societies, animals, and plants around us.
The consequence of coupling the old myths with new-age technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.
 

In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari maps the new destinies that are in store us. Looking at the future Harari traverses how global power might shift, pertaining to the principal force of evolution – intelligent design replacing natural selection.
 
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In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari explores the present and confronts some of the most urgent questions facing every human being.
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