Is it too soon for an editorial that steps back from the perpetual train wreck of Donald J. Trump’s presidency to focus on one of humanism’s more, well, perennial discontents? I call attention to someone in the public eye —someone who ought to know better—who denigrates humanism in ways that are wildly untrue, yet appears not have made the slightest effort to ascertain the facts.
A reader might think that I’m still discussing Trump. But truly, I’m not. I refer to Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli history professor and best-selling author who has presented an extreme and factually untethered critique of humanism in a hugely high-profile book.