Yuval Noah Harari's book Homo Deus is a provocative and, at times, disturbing second instalment to his earlier Sapiens. The first book traces the journey of Homo sapiens over the past 75000 years to, arguably, its current zenith - a peak of power limited by its own creations. Human nature is being transformed through an uncoupling of intelligence from consciousness, through increasing engagement with, and reliance on, machines. Homo Deus describes the drivers and consequences for this change in the 21st century and beyond.

Friday, 04 March 2022 17:06

Procrastination and antifragility

Thriving in an uncertain world seems to be an unreachable dream in the face of current global crises. But uncertainty, disorder and turmoil, rather than being undesirable, actually may be the very tools needed for survival and growth. This is the revolutionary and compelling message behind the concept of antifragility.

Twenty-five years ago, this month, New Zealand embarked on one of its most significant electoral reforms to address inequity by implementing the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system of governmental democracy.

Friday, 24 April 2020 09:37

Flourishing in an ageing population

I started writing this on 20 April 2020; the globe suffering in the malicious clutches of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand in week four of its Level 4 lockdown, and the world coming to terms with redefining the meaning of such things as community, healthcare, economic recovery, and humanity.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:10

Empathy takes on defensive dehumanising

“By putting ourselves into the story of people who on the surface appear different from us, we can recognise our common humanity with them. And that can trigger empathy in a really natural way.”

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