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Yuval Noah Harari is the author of the popular books Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind & Homo Deus. I think he has countless brilliant points in this talk as well as some incredible, challenging questions asked by listeners. I believe we need to adapt and grow into this mindful, globalist view on a national scale here in America to heal ourselves and set an example to spread around the world.
“The old 20th-century political model of left versus right is now largely irrelevant, and the real divide today is between global and national, global or local… this is now the main struggle. We probably need completely new political models and completely new ways of thinking about politics. In essence, what you can say is that we now have global ecology, we have a global economy but we have national politics, and this doesn't work together...
...I think what we are seeing is the immediate human reaction: if something doesn't work, let's go back. And you see it all over the world, that people, almost nobody in the political system today, has any future-oriented vision of where humankind is going."
in the 21st century,
technology is changing all that in a fundamental way.
We are now living -- all people in the world --
are living alongside the same cyber river,
and no single nation can regulate this river by itself.
We are all living together on a single planet,
which is threatened by our own actions.
And if you don't have some kind of global cooperation,
nationalism is just not on the right level to tackle the problems,
whether it's climate change or whether it's technological disruption.
CA: So it was a beautiful idea
in a world where most of the action, most of the issues,
took place on national scale,
but your argument is that the issues that matter most today
The real difference between humans and all other animals
is not on the individual level;
it's on the collective level.
Humans control the planet because they are the only animals
that can cooperate both flexibly and in very large numbers.
Now, there are other animals --
like the social insects, the bees, the ants --
that can cooperate in large numbers, but they don't do so flexibly.
All the huge achievements of humankind throughout history,
whether it's building the pyramids or flying to the moon,
have been based not on individual abilities,
but on this ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers.
I don't really know all the people who have organized
and worked on this event.
I don't know the pilot and the crew members of the plane
that brought me over here, yesterday, to London.
I don't know the people who invented and manufactured
this microphone and these cameras, which are recording what I'm saying.
I don't know the people who wrote all the books and articles
that I read in preparation for this talk.