Yusuf Roso

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How Nietzsche Explains Turkey

Erdoğan is counting on his resentment-fueled political movement to deliver him to victory in the upcoming elections.<p>In 1989, a small Islamist party called Refah, or “Welfare,” holds a conference titled “National Consciousness.” In the crowd are mustached men with lean faces; many of them are old, …

Foreign Policy

Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital

The priest quickly sliced into the captive's torso and removed his still-beating heart. That sacrifice, one among thousands performed in the sacred …

Archaeology

Privilege Versus Paranoia

If you are white and enjoy any level of public platform—politician, professor, policy wonk—and you use said platform to address social issues, you …

Black Lives Matter

On Eve of Turkey Vote, Only Erdogan Gets TV Time

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biggest rival appealed to a massive rally in Istanbul in the campaign’s final hours. You just wouldn’t know it …

Interest Rates

Ways to think about machine learning

We're now four or five years into the current explosion of machine learning, and pretty much everyone has heard of it. It's not just that startups …

Machine Learning

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Three Scenarios to Expect From Turkey’s Upcoming Elections

On June 24, Turkey will face a historic moment: snap elections at both the presidential and parliamentary levels. It is not mere hyperbole to reflect …

South Asia

Vox Says Hyenas Are Feminist; Hyenas Say "What's Feminism?"

A leading hyena researcher tells us what the research, not the myth, has to say. by Katie Herzog rkraan / Getty ImagesOn Wednesday, Vox published an …

Seattle

The diversity trap

Quotas mean discrimination. We must not repeat America's mistake<p>Britain seems to be following America down a dangerous path. There’s your politician David Lammy accusing Oxford and Cambridge of racial bias — and refusing to listen when they point out they simply accept whoever gets top grades. Then …

Black Students

Our Real Immigration Problem

I prefer the window seat.<p>I like to idle away time on flights trying to guess where and what I’m flying over, without the benefit of the map. I’m hypnotized by the red-beige-brown carpet of California desert; mesmerized by the unbroken wilderness of northern Maine; awed by the peaks and valleys of …

Immigration

How to be Rational about Rationality

<i>[</i>One of the more technical (and optional) chapters, at the end of <i>Skin of the Game]</i><p>Rory Sutherland claims that the real function for swimming pools is …

Economics

Why Hasn’t Trump Lost the Evangelical Vote? Ralph Reed Explains

On Wednesday, I had an online conversation with Ralph Reed, the head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. During the 2016 election, Mr. Reed was instrumental in getting out the evangelical vote for Donald Trump. His group, which has some 1.8 million members, says it will spend $20 million to turn …

Immigration

Rachel, spare us your partisan tears

What these double standards in emotionalist performance point to is a situation where even charitable concern, even liberal feeling, has become a …

Faceted Classification

We Don’t Know What We Are Talking About When We talk about Religion

<i>No, Salafism is not a religion — Fooled by the label — IYIs should bathe in Saudi Arabia</i><p>Background<p>The problem of the verbalistic (and the …

Religion

How Nassim Taleb changed my mind about religion

I used to unquestioningly accept the atheistic framing of the theism vs atheism debate, which presents religion as a collection of factual statements …

Framing

The Next Feature Fallacy: The fallacy that the next new feature will suddenly make people use your product

A few weeks ago, I read this tweet, and found myself nodding my head in vigorous agreement.The Next Feature Fallacy: the fallacy that the next …

I Am Running for President in Turkey. From My Prison Cell.

EDIRNE, Turkey — Turkey will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. I am one of six candidates running for president. I am running from my prison cell.<p>I am writing from a maximum-security prison in Edirne, a city in northwestern Turkey, near the border with Bulgaria. I was …

Democratic Party

Edge.org

Consider a thought experiment: If market capitalism was the brief product of happy coincidences confined in space and time to the developed world of …

Harvard Thinks Rich People Are Better Than You

In an expert analysis commissioned to defend Harvard’s admissions practices against a lawsuit, claiming the elite university discriminates against …

College & University

The Man Who Could Topple Erdogan

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Something is changing in Turkey. After 16 years of electoral dominance by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the secularist opposition Republican People’s Party, known as the C.H.P., has found a leader and presidential candidate who is rattling Mr. Erdogan, invigorating opposition …

South Asia

What Trump Gets Right About Europe

HAMBURG, Germany — Most people can agree that international affairs should not be conducted by tweet — especially when the tweeter in question is Donald Trump. Among other reasons, it’s easy to dismiss the president’s mercurial rage and flagrant insults as little more than temper tantrums.<p>But …

Europe

Why Women Don’t Code

Ever since Google fired James Damore for “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” those of us working in tech have been trying to …

University of Washington

The next big thing will start out looking like a toy

One of the amazing things about the internet economy is how different the list of top internet properties today looks from the list ten years ago. It …

Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says

Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower than others on traits like “positive personality,” likability, courage, kindness and being “widely respected,” according to an analysis of more than 160,000 student records filed Friday by a group representing Asian-American students in a …

College & University

It Can Happen Here

They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933–45<p>by Milton Mayer, with a new afterword by Richard J. Evans<p>University of Chicago Press, 378 pp., …

James Madison

The Enlightenment’s Cynical Critics

Tribalism and slavery are as old as humanity. The very first human records are records of human bondage. Reports estimate that today 60 million …

Abolition

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Tough. North Koreans Are.

Donald Trump is well known for liking people he thinks are tough. Not war heroes like Senator John McCain, or Gold Star parents like Khizr and Ghazala Khan, but authoritarians like Vladimir Putin of Russia, whom he’s hailed as a “strong leader,” or China’s president for life, Xi Jinping, “a good …

North Korea

No Ethnic Group Owns Stuyvesant. All New Yorkers Do.

Like many alumni of Stuyvesant, the city’s premier public specialized high school, I believe that admission to the school was one of the seminal events of my life. I came from a public middle school; my father was an insurance broker on Coney Island Avenue and my mother was an immigrant who worked …

Education

Distribution

“I’m into distribution, I’m like Atlantic<br>I got them mutherfuckers flying’ cross the Atlantic”–Rick Ross, “Hustlin’“When I ask new entrepreneurs what …

Product Management

Is Erdogan losing his grip on Turkey?

ISTANBUL — In Turkey, politics means everything. But football is life. So it’s hard not to take seriously the internal elections of one the most important teams in the country, Fenerbahce.<p>Ali Koc, a Harvard-educated businessman, thrashed Aziz Yildirim, the club’s chairman of 20 years and an ally of …

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Can Turkey Overcome Its Bitter Factionalism?

On June 24, Turkey will vote to elect a president with immensely increased powers that will replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with a strongman. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan designed the position for himself, relying on the loyalty of the nearly 50 percent of voters who have sided with …

South Asia