Why do we fear innovation? With Yuval Noah Harari and Mayim Bialik

Fearing change or changing fears?

With fear and change on the brain, what won’t change is human connection. Mayim argues that human touch and interaction are irreplaceable, and external influences like technology or the pandemic won’t change this. Yuval proposed three reasons why we’re cautious to accept change.

  1. It’s inconvenient to learn new things and start again.
  2. It’s dangerous — biology shows that an incredibly small percentage survives, and at best improves things.
  3. Moderate-sized revolutions do better… too much change too quickly can be catastrophic.
  4. Although our brains are geared towards learning and adapting, seeking the path of least resistance comes out on top.

We think in stories, not statistics

Stories and false truths have an intrinsic advantage over the truth when uniting communities. It shines brighter in political, religious, and social rhetoric because it bridges complexities and translates to understandable biases.

Antivirus for the mind

In this post-truth era and the revolution in information technology, fake news is getting harder to decipher because bots and hackers are getting smarter.

Hope

It’s not all bad. Humans are far better off, we’re more peaceful and far healthier than ever before. The planet and animals less so, but we are smart enough to fix it — so why are we putting using the smartest minds to determine how to make consumers click on ads? Why aren’t they working on something else?

Collaboration

An overarching learning from this talk is that collaboration progressed humans in the past and we need to continue this to succeed in the future.

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