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,”...

Steven Pinker and the Debate Over “Cancel Culture”

July 22, 2020

As if they didn’t have enough to handle in a world beset by a variety of concurrent crises, US intellectuals find themselves embroiled in a new existential struggle. On top of a persistent pandemic, an economy out of control and a war to tear down or defend patriotic statues that reflect a...

A Demographic Threat to the Culture of Growth

August 19, 2019

Demographic experts increasingly agree that the extraordinary trend of population growth that took place over the past 200 years has already changed course. Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, the authors of the book “Empty Planet,” suggest that a complete reversal of the trend may be at hand....

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Looking at “Free Will”

August 06, 2018

The Greeks saw hubris as a failing. Yuval Noah Harari sees it as the future of humanity, finally able to make the investments required for becoming the godhead. The media have invented effective formulas for attracting their public’s coveted (and monetizable) attention. They like nothing...