Issue 100

  • 100

    100 is an impressive number: it is the top score one can get on an exam; every soccer player dreams of the hundredth goal of their career. 100 is a yardstick we use to divide world history into slices of digestible pieces. Centenn

    Published July - August 2014 - The Fountain

    The Sacred Suffering

    The human is a lone traveler in this world; we are obliged to travel for the sake of finding ourselves and to attain our essence on a long path with deep rivers and steep mountains blocking the way. It is a path with lots of peril

    Published July - August 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Micro-regulators of Life

    The inventory of the universe is composed of matter, which is located in stars and galaxies. Only a small fraction of the universe is considered ordinary matter (about 5 %); most of the universe is actually made of a mysterious fo

    Published July - August 2014 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, and Thinking Together

    Decision-making is a cognitive process that constantly runs in the background of our minds, resulting in choices made in a limited time based on available information and the cognitive ability of the individual [1]. The performanc

    Published July - August 2014 - Gokhan Aydin

    Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway: A Different Perspective

    Looking at Virginia Woolf's contemplations of characters in "Mrs. Dalloway" and Said Nursi's ruminations on profound inner struggles, one might first sense some contradictions - as if two separate ideas or views. But a closer look

    Published July - August 2014 - Mehmet Aslan

    One Man, Equal to a Species

    It was an interesting dream. In ancient times, creatures that were destined for destruction questioned why they were given this sentence. What was the wisdom behind such a decision? How could it be just?

    The answer was int

    Published July - August 2014 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Perspectives on Identity and Religion

    What is identity? What is its relationship to religion and culture? How does it relate to modernization? What role does religious identity play in explaining conflicting versus cooperative acts around us?

    The purpose of th

    Published July - August 2014 - Alptekin Kavi

    Lullaby, My Baby

    Sleep, baby, sleep
    Your father tends the sheep
    Your mother shakes the dreamland tree
    And from it fall sweet dreams for thee
    Sleep, baby, sleep
    Sleep, baby, sleep. [1]

    Babies are such cute bundles of joy. They

    Published July - August 2014 - Safiye Arslan

    The Bricks of Mind and Culture: Memes

    Humanity exists, sustains itself, and builds civilizations upon a heritage, and genes and memes, which are altered and conserved for generations, constitute the fundamental building blocks of it. We've learned many things in the l

    Published July - August 2014 - Hamza Aydin

    Qabd and Bast (Contraction and Openness)

    Qabd (contraction) and bast (openness), emotions felt by almost everyone during their lives, relate especially to those who live their lives consciously. Literally meaning being caught, being in straits or distressed and being gra

    Published July - August 2014 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Science of Courage, Compassion, and Connection

    I'm not happy with how I look ... I'm terrible with money ... My parents are so disappointed in me ... I have a mental illness ... I have an embarrassing health issue ... If anyone knew this about me, they would hate me ... I'

    Published July - August 2014 - Kelli Angelone

    A Greek Column

    We are bound to confront Greece and the recent Greek experience with their affairs of state - meaning the one they are in. First and foremost, I have a theory. Please bear with me, for it may not be a good theory, but it is all my

    Published July - August 2014 - Lawrence Brazier

    Major Task for a Tiny Fiber

    My name is fibrillin, also known as FBN. I am a protein whose synthesis starts while you are still in your mother's womb. I was discovered in 1986. I provide services to you in my mature form, once I go through a series of long an

    Published July - August 2014 - Kadir Can

    Dream, Believe, Fly

    Dream. Believe. Fly. This is my motto in life, now that I am fifty-five.

    Dream, Believe, Fly. These three words have a ring, a truth, a purity. As an author of books for teen readers, I gave these three words to one

    Published July - August 2014 - Linda Oatman High

    The Language of Leaves

    The universe is a system with many secrets that are not yet understood. This perfect system is established of interwoven smaller systems, each one set in relation to the others. Looking at the relationship between leaves and other

    Published July - August 2014 - Kemal Serce

    Interfaith Dialogue: Necessity and Principles

    History has unfortunately witnessed many violent acts conducted in the name of faith. However, many have begun to recognize another role of religion - as a powerful source for peace and reconciliation. As such, the number of stud

    Published July - August 2014 - Hilal Guler

    The Amazing Coordination in the Brain

    The human brain coordinates between its halves. Because of this incredible communication and coordination, the brain is able to seamlessly operate our body's most complex motor skills and functions.

    The human cerebrum is di

    Published July - August 2014 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    God Writes Me Poems

    God writes me poems
    with every sunset.
    The trees, stretching up
    like the hands
    of the whirling Earth-Dervish.
    Oh! When will I learn to love
    the way Hafiz and Rumi love?

    When will I learn to embrace every

    Published July - August 2014 - Jacob Winkler

    Banana: A Miraculous Fruit

    Among tropical fruits, bananas are probably the most popular, and with good reason. They are delicious and nutritious, and can be consumed by everyone, from babies to seniors.

    The banana plant belongs to the Musa genus. Th

    Published July - August 2014 - Adem Arikanli

    Return of Grace

    Question: The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was an epitome of generosity, full of grace for others. Could you further expound on the contributions of his generosity and benevolence to the overall mission he represented?<

    Published July - August 2014 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    Supernova explosions generated in the lab
    J. Meinecke et al. Turbulent amplification of magnetic fields in laboratory laser-produced shock waves
    June 2014, Nature Physics.


    A supernova is the explosion of a mass

    Published July - August 2014 - The Fountain