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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Yuval Noah Harari. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Yuval Noah Harari, often where they are interviewed.

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31 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Yuval Noah Harari. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Yuval Noah Harari, often where they are interviewed.

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#477: Yuval Noah Harari on The Story of Sapiens, Forging the Skill of Awareness, and The Power of Disguised Books

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Yuval Noah Harari on The Story of Sapiens, Forging the Skill of Awareness, and The Power of Disguised Books | Brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with ~700M users, Pique Tea high-end, instant tea crystals (pu-erh, etc.), and Allform premium, modular furniture

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari (@harari_yuval) is a historian and bestselling author who is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. His popular books—Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century— have sold 27.5 million copies in 60 languages. They have been recommended by Barack Obama, Chris Evans, Janelle Monáe, Bill Gates, and many others. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the nonfiction market and popularizing “brainy books.”

He is also behind Sapiens: A Graphic History, a new graphic novel series in collaboration with comics artists David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator). This beautifully illustrated series is a radical reworking of his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. The series will be published in four volumes starting in fall 2020 with Volume 1, The Birth of Humankind, which is out now.

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Oct 28 2020 · 1hr 45mins
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Yuval Harari, What Is the Meaning of Life?

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Historian and author Yuval Harari, one of the most influential intellectuals of our time, is our guest on the second English-language episode of "Alles gesagt?" ("Nuff Said?"), ZEIT's never-ending podcast. Harari's book, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind", was originally published in Hebrew in 2011 and is based on a series of 20 lectures from an undergraduate world history class he had taught. It has sold over 12 million copies and was in the top three of The New York Times bestseller list for 96 consecutive weeks. Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Angela Merkel, among others, are all admirers of Harari's work. In 2016 he wrote "Homo Deus", this time focussing on the future of humankind; his third book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was published in 2018. Both have become international bestsellers. This week his latest book will be released: the graphic novel "Sapiens – The Birth of Humankind".

The hosts of "Alles gesagt?", Jochen Wegner and Christoph Amend (both based in Berlin) met with Yuval Harari, who lives in Tel Aviv, via video call on October 14th. (The session was also streamed live on ZEIT ONLINE.)

Harari was born in 1975 near Haifa and studied in Jerusalem; he finished his PhD in Oxford with a focus on medieval military history and wrote his dissertation on "renaissance military memoirs of noblemen".

In this episode of our podcast Harari talks about a wide range of topics from religion to politics, Covid-19 to artificial intelligence; he describes spending weeks in a silent retreat, visiting a secret unit at Google and what it takes to become a bestseller writer. We hear what it was like growing up in a conservative Israeli family and realising he was gay at the age of 21, and how this personal experience has influenced the way he thinks about the world, human beings and history. At the end of this episode, Harari fact-checks key scenes of the show Game of Thrones and finally, after three hours and 44 minutes, he has nothing left to say. Because at "Alles gesagt?" the conversation is only over when the guest says it's over.

Oct 22 2020 · 3hr 43mins

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To Be or Not to Be Hacked | Audrey Tang and Yuval Noah Harari in Conversation With Puja Ohlhaver

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Audrey Tang is Taiwan's digital minister in charge of social innovation and board member of RadicalxChange Foundation. 

Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. 


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Aug 22 2020 · 1hr 18mins
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A conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

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A conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
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50. Yuval Noah Harari on the History of Our Future | Anniversary Episode!

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HAPPY 1 YEAR!!! To mark the 1 year anniversary of Outrage + Optimism being a podcast, we have on historian, futurist, philosopher, and best-selling author, Yuval Noah Harari! He is best known for his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. A phenomenal read.

Yuval shares with us the power of the stories we choose to believe about ourselves. How good they can be, and how they can also trap us. We get his thoughts on the narrative of the climate crisis, and what it would take us to believe to survive it.

As mentioned in the episode, we're collecting your input for next weeks episode! Record a video of yourself sharing the following:

- Your name

- Where you're listening from

- One thing you like about Outrage + Optimism!

Please post on FB, IG, and Twitter and tag us @GlobalOptimism so we can see your submission and possible use it for next week! Entries need to be posted by TUESDAY, MAY 5TH @ 1PM GMT. Have fun! Thanks for posting!


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May 01 2020 · 59mins
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Yuval Noah Harari: Covid-19 - a new regime of surveillance?

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The coronavirus pandemic has presented humanity with an almighty shock. Here we are, with our evermore interconnected, technologically-advanced societies, living in lockdown and fearful for our health and economic futures - thanks to an invisible virus. Stephen Sackur interviews Israeli historian and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari. What 21st-century lesson can we draw from the spread of Covid-19?

(Photo: Yuval Noah Harari lecture on artificial intelligence at the X World Future Evolution 2017, Beijing. Credit: Visual China Group/Getty Images)
Apr 27 2020 · 23mins
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S1, Ep3 Yuval Noah Harari

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How did humans turn themselves from hustling African apes into the rulers of planet earth? The Israeli historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari looks at the secrets of our success and explores the themes of his bestselling debut Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind in conversation with Rosie Boycott in Cartagena de Indias in January 2016.

Lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Harari’s other books include Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, available at all good bookshops and libraries.

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Apr 16 2020 ·
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

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Sapiens is a 416-page story of humankind from 6M years ago to today. Harari wraps it all up: our psychology, technology, religion, economy, politics… Nobody puts things quite the way Yuval does - he’s got some weird/deep thoughts and spits some fire trash talk at basically everything. We guarantee this book will make you stop and think about who we are and where we come from. 

Plus it’s got plenty of #CavemanTalk and #YuvalSlamPoetry

This book will make you think differently about the way your BRAIN and your SOCIETY operate. This Books Brothers summary will do ALL that and make you laugh.

We do our best to share the author’s perspective. If you’ve read it before, you’ll know the book better. If you haven’t read it yet, you’ll love it so much you'll buy the book


-Andrew and JD

Apr 05 2020 · 1hr 39mins
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2.1 Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

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Welcome to Season 2!!

Eddie and Terry kick off season 2 with "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" By Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens explains how humans are able to cooperate in mass movements based on fictional realities. You can create these same fictional realities to allow your customers to believe in your company. 

Jan 12 2020 · 32mins
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On Consciousness, Morality, Effective Altruism & Myth with Yuval Noah Harari & Max Tegmark

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Neither Yuval Noah Harari nor Max Tegmark need much in the way of introduction. Both are avant-garde thinkers at the forefront of 21st century discourse around science, technology, society and humanity’s future. This conversation represents a rare opportunity for two intellectual leaders to apply their combined expertise — in physics, artificial intelligence, history, philosophy and anthropology — to some of the most profound issues of our time. Max and Yuval bring their own macroscopic perspectives to this discussion of both cosmological and human history, exploring questions of consciousness, ethics, effective altruism, artificial intelligence, human extinction, emerging technologies and the role of myths and stories in fostering societal collaboration and meaning. We hope that you'll join the Future of Life Institute Podcast for our final conversation of 2019, as we look toward the future and the possibilities it holds for all of us.

Topics discussed include:

-Max and Yuval's views and intuitions about consciousness
-How they ground and think about morality
-Effective altruism and its cause areas of global health/poverty, animal suffering, and existential risk
-The function of myths and stories in human society
-How emerging science, technology, and global paradigms challenge the foundations of many of our stories
-Technological risks of the 21st century

You can find the page and transcript for this podcast here: https://futureoflife.org/2019/12/31/on-consciousness-morality-effective-altruism-myth-with-yuval-noah-harari-max-tegmark/


0:00 Intro
3:14 Grounding morality and the need for a science of consciousness
11:45 The effective altruism community and it's main cause areas
13:05 Global health
14:44 Animal suffering and factory farming
17:38 Existential risk and the ethics of the long-term future
23:07 Nuclear war as a neglected global risk
24:45 On the risks of near-term AI and of artificial general intelligence and superintelligence
28:37 On creating new stories for the challenges of the 21st century
32:33 The risks of big data and AI enabled human hacking and monitoring
47:40 What does it mean to be human and what should we want to want?
52:29 On positive global visions for the future
59:29 Goodbyes and appreciations
01:00:20 Outro and supporting the Future of Life Institute Podcast

This podcast is possible because of the support of listeners like you. If you found this conversation to be meaningful or valuable consider supporting it directly by donating at futureoflife.org/donate. Contributions like yours make these conversations possible.
Dec 31 2019 · 1hr