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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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Yuval Noah Harari

As changes in technology and politics continue to reshape the world, preparing ourselves is possible by recognizing our ignorance and addressing current political topics, like immigration, in a calm and rational manner. Furthermore, we can future-proof ourselves by learning how to distinguish between fake and real news. It's important to remember that, despite mass unemployment and terrorism fears, we're ultimately responsible for our own security and prosperity in the twenty-first century. The truth never speaks to power. The common assumption is that successful leaders have a unique perspective on situations or know what others are thinking. Powerful leaders, however, are generally less informed than typical citizens. What's the reason? As people get stronger, people around them are less likely to tell them the truth. It is instead common for those around these leaders to try to flatter them and guarantee they say nothing confusing or inappropriate in the limited time they have in their presence. To get the truth, hanging out on the fringes of power rather than its core is your best bet. There may be something you can learn.

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21 Lessons for the 21st Century is an in-depth examination of the most pressing challenges humanity faces today. The human race is moving deeper and deeper into uncharted territory both technologically and socially. With captivating examples taken from current events, these bites examine how to live in a world that is constantly changing.

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As changes in technology and politics continue to reshape the world, preparing ourselves is possible by recognizing our ignorance and addressing current political topics, like immigration, in a calm and rational manner. Furthermore, we can future-proof ourselves by learning how to distinguish between fake and real news. It's important to remember that, despite mass unemployment and terrorism fears, we're ultimately responsible for our own security and prosperity in the twenty-first century. The truth never speaks to power. The common assumption is that successful leaders have a unique perspective on situations or know what others are thinking. Powerful leaders, however, are generally less informed than typical citizens. What's the reason? As people get stronger, people around them are less likely to tell them the truth. It is instead common for those around these leaders to try to flatter them and guarantee they say nothing confusing or inappropriate in the limited time they have in their presence. To get the truth, hanging out on the fringes of power rather than its core is your best bet. There may be something you can learn.

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The rise of computer technology disrupts our economic, political, and financial systems.

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Computers are taking over our jobs due to advancements in neuroscience.

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Immigration debates are threatening to tear the EU apart.

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Terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda are experts of deception.

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In today’s world, there is a lot more ignorance than we realize.

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