Steven Pinker’s Quest to Save Humanity’s Mind

September 30, 2021

Richard Hanania is a political scientist and author not nearly as famous as Steven Pinker, whose ambition as a public intellectual has taken him well beyond the banalities of his initial field of study: human cognition and language. Even before the official end of America’s “forever wars,”...

What Life as a Musician Is Like

April 15, 2021

The K-Pop Wave

April 02, 2021

YouTube Shows Its Concern for My Sanity

March 30, 2021

Everyone has a personal relationship with YouTube. That’s just the way YouTube works. It is literally the platform that gives you what you — uniquely you and nobody else — want. It “understands” your tastes and needs. Understanding means gauging your unconscious reflexes in a...

The Legacy of Elizabeth Taylor

March 19, 2021

“The Elizabeth Taylor who’s famous, the one on film, really has no depth or meaning to me,” the Hollywood icon told Life magazine’s Richard Meryman in 1964. “She’s a totally superficial working thing, a commodity. I really don’t know what the ingredients of the image are exactly —...

NFTs and the Cynicism of Contemporary Art

March 08, 2021

Many will remember 2020 as the year of COVID-19, an invisible pestilence that is still haunting the world a full year after its outbreak in the form of a global pandemic. Though it is still rather early, 2021 may one day be remembered as the year of an unexpected financial epidemic, the craze for...

Richard Wagner and the Twilight of Western Civilization

October 02, 2020

According to Alex Ross in his book, “Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music,” Richard Wagner was more than the composer who dominated German music in the second half of the 19th century. He became a towering cultural icon who transformed the way culturally influential people and...

A Young American’s Impressions of India

October 01, 2020

The brief time between UC Berkeley and full-time employment as a software engineer would be the only moment to nourish a sense of moral curiosity that had been bruised and underfed in university. Commitment to a structure and its rules and a dedication from coding illiteracy to a CS degree from UC...

Travels Through North India

October 01, 2020

Outrages and the Future of Free Speech

September 29, 2020

Naomi Wolf joins FO Talks to present her new book, "Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love," and the enormous outrage she experienced on social media over historical controversies in the book.

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