Thank you, guys, for your response! I am so grateful and feel ashamed for so much behind the progress.
Here is my first five minutes transcript (I am sure there are mistakes to be corrected):
Transcript: (1:00 – 4:99)
Host: Hello, so welcome to this TED Dialogue, the first of a series of, (...what) we’ve done in response to the current political upheaval. I don’t know about you, I have become quite concerned about the growing divisiveness in this country and in the world. No one is listening to each other, right? They aren’t, but it feels like we need a different kind of conversation. (The) one that is based on, I don’t know, reason, listening, and understanding, on the broader context.
That is at least that we are gonna to try in the TED Dialogues, starting today. And we couldn’t have anyone with us who I'd be more excited to kick this off.
This is (...) right here (....) pretty much like no one else on the planet. (....Giggling) Seriously, he synthesizes history with underlined ideas, the way, kind of take your breath away.
So, some of you will know this book, “Sapiens”. Has anyone here read “Sapiens”? I mean I could not put it down the way that he tells the story of mankind through big ideas that really make you think differently. It’s kind of amazing and here is the follow-up, which I think It’s being published in US next week, “Homo Deus”. This is the history of next hundred years. I got chance to read it. It’s extremely dramatic and I dare to say for some people it’s quite alarming. It’s a must-read and honestly we couldn’t have someone better to help make sense of what ‘s happening in the world right now.
So a warm welcome, please, to Yuval Noah Harari! (Applause)
It’s great to be joined by our friends on Facebook around the web! Hello, Facebook! And, all of you, as I start asking questions of Yuval, come up with your own questions, and not necessarily about the political scandal du jour , but about the broader understand of: "Where are we heading?" Are you ready? Ok, we are gonna go. So, here we are.
Host: Yuvan, ???, 2017, this new president in power and shock waves (???) around the world. What on earth is happening?
Yuval: I think the basic thing happens is that we’ve lost our story. Human think in stories and we try to make sense of the world by telling stories. For the last few decades, we had very simple and very attractive story about what’s happening in the world. And the story said that, “Oh, what’s happening is that the economy is being globalized, politics is being liberalized, and the combination of the two will create paradise on earth and we just need to keep on globalizing the economy and liberalizing the political system and everything will be wonderful.”
And 2016 is the moment when a very large segment, even of the western world stopped believing in this story, for good or bad, it doesn’t matter, people stopped believing in the story. And when we don’t have story, you don’t understand what’s happening.
Host: Mmm… Part of you believe that the story was actually a very effective story, it was?
Yuval: To some extent, it was. According some measurement, we are in the best time ever for human kind. Today for the first time in history, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little which is an amazing achievement! (Laughing..) Also for the first time in history, more people die from old age than from infectious diseases, and violence is also down for the first time in history, more people commit suicide than are killed by crime, terrorism, and war put together. Statistically, you are your own worst enemy. At least from all people in the world, you are most likely to be killed by yourself which is again, a very good news compared to the level of violence with the previous eras.