Yuval Harari: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Here are the contents and chapters of Harari’s latest book:


Part I: The Technological Challenge

1. DISILLUSIONMENT – The end of history has been postponed

2. WORK – When you grow up, you might not have a job

3. LIBERTY – Big Data is watching you

4. EQUALITY – Those who own the data own the future

Part II: The Political Challenge

5. COMMUNITY – Humans have bodies

6. CIVILISATION – There is just one civilisation in the world

7. NATIONALISM – Global problems need global answers

8. RELIGION – God now serves the nation

9. IMMIGRATION – Some cultures might be better than others

Part III: Despair and Hope

10. TERRORISM – Don’t panic

11. WAR – Never underestimate human stupidity

12. HUMILITY – You are not the centre of the world

13. GOD – Don’t take the name of God in vain

14. SECULARISM – Acknowledge your shadow

Part IV: Truth

15. IGNORANCE – You know less than you think

16. JUSTICE – Our sense of justice might be out of date

17. POST-TRUTH – Some fake news lasts for ever

18. SCIENCE FICTION – The future is not what you see in the movies

Part V: Resilience

19. EDUCATION – Change is the only constant

20. MEANING – Life is not a story

21. MEDITATION – Just observe

Here are some pdf (via plain text) versions of Harari’s latest book:

Yuval Noah Harari-21 Lessons for the 21st Century (full book)

Harari-21-Lessons-intro-ch1a – Introduction, Disillusionment (7k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch9a – Immigration (5k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch10a – Terrorism (4k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch11a – War (4k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch12a – Humility (5k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch13a – God (2k words)

Harari-21-Lessons-ch20a – Meaning (15k words)

More to follow ..


Sapiens Seriously

Here is information and resources regarding the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari which was run as a Coursera mooc back in 2013.


In May 2015 and through Sydney Philosophy Circle, we began holding discussion meetings based on the Coursera lecture series, which is freely available online. At the first meeting we simply looked at the first lecture (or chapter of the book), as a sort of taster:

Sapiens Seriously: Human Family

The full 100 minute lecture runs over five shorter YouTube videos, as follows:

Introduction (6mins)
Part 2 (31mins)
Part 3 (29mins)
Part 4 (12mins)
Part 5 (29mins)

Notes on this first lecture and all subsequent lectures are provided here:


Here is the full course content as it appears in the lecture series (and coursera mooc):

Part I: The Cognitive Revolution
Lecture 1: The Human Family
Lecture 2: The Cognitive Revolution
Lecture 3: Daily Life in the Stone Age
Lecture 4: The Human Flood

Part II: The Agricultural Revolution
Lecture 5: History’s Biggest Fraud
Lecture 6: Building Pyramids
Lecture 7: There is No Justice in History

Part III: The Unification of Humankind
Lecture 8: The Direction of History
Lecture 9: Imperial Visions
Lecture 10: The Law of Religion

Part IV. The Scientific Revolution
Lecture 11: The Discovery of Ignorance
Lecture 12: The Marriage of Science and Empire
Lecture 13: The Capitalist Creed
Lecture 14: The Industrial Revolution
Lecture 15: A Permanent Revolution
Lecture 16: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Lecture 17: The End of Homo Sapiens

Here are the corresponding chapters in the book that Harari later published:


Note that extra chapters were added, making a total of 20 chapters, as compared to 17 lectures.