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03/14/17
Change is “in the air.” Yuval Noah Harari
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Post-docs, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:30 pm

What is my future like?  many are asking as we face an
uncertain future.  It seems as this was the case decades ago,
but it is more uncertain now.

What is the reason?  What are the drivers?
Harari has something to say about this.  Look at his TED Dialog
discussion.
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1.  We have lost “our story”.  The narrative that describes modern 
life in the 21st century is not what previous generations’ stories 
were.  This is one of the major roots of upheavals seen around the 
world.
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2.  Technology is bringing people together in many ways while
it separates us into many many subgroups.  The wealthy, in
information-rich positions, influence the decisions of authorities
and will take advantage enhancing  income mal-distribution. 
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3.  National priorities have no connection to reality in many global
issues.  Job loss, despite all the rhetoric,  is not as strongly
influenced by immigration as it is by robots, algorithms and AI.
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4.  Political leaders have very little influence to do good.  They
have great influence in doing bad and it is usually not one
individual responsible, because there are many supporters and
people of influence.
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See some of the reviews of Harari’s work bring up several other
disconnects we observe and may not easily explained.  Knowing
what Harari describes 
allows you to define for yourself
the meaning of joy, satisfaction, happiness and help.

One Response to “Change is “in the air.” Yuval Noah Harari”

  1. site admin Says:


    Have you heard about Strauss and Howe’s book, “The Fourth
    Turning
    ” that reveals a different view of “time?”

    They create images of time being ‘chaotic’ in early ideations.

    More recently, time is ‘cyclical,’ following seasons and organism
    changes with age, and ‘linear,’ as with the growth of technology
    (Moore’s law), performance, powers to do things outside of the
    limits of nature.

    Their history overview then morphs into trends lasting
    80-120 years incorporating four sub-groups of human populations.

     William Strauss Neil Howe THE FOURTH TURNNG: AN AMERICA PROPHECY Broadway Books, NY 1997

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