Issue 78

  • Heroism, Locally and Globally

    Everyone, at least at one point in his or her life, feels destitute, deprived of any hope, as if they have reached the “end of the road.” Chances are that most of us gave up trying to find a solution to save ourselves from tha

    Published November - December 2010 - The Fountain

    A Movement Originating Its Own Models

    A Movement Originating Its Own Models

    In this article I would like to discuss a legend; to talk about it is a duty, and therefore it is difficult to put it into words. However, I wonder if it is possible to describe in

    Published November - December 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Without the Moon...

    What would have happened if our Moon had not existed? How would its absence have affected the Earth, its climate, and millions of living things on it? What would have happened if the Moon had been smaller or larger than its curren

    Published November - December 2010 - Nuri Balta Ahmet Eser

    A Legacy of Hope

    Time and again we have all heard our elders talk of a bygone Golden Age. Amidst the epochs of confusion that buffet humankind in the form of sophisticated so-called literary guises, we have found some semblance of solace in the le

    Published November - December 2010 - Raaza Jamshed Butt

    Don't Say I Didn't Warn You! I Am a Stressed Plant

    It was a beautiful day in the garden. There was a slight breeze moving my petals and leaves and making them flip back and forth. I was watching the butterflies basking in the sun with open wings and enjoying the company of chirpin

    Published November - December 2010 - Safiye Arslan

    A Wonder

    Mystified, like those who search for the truth, a five-year old girl asks her mother to tell her honestly whether or not one can see God? “Can you see God, Mama?” she insisted with childlike enthusiasm.

    “No, my d

    Published November - December 2010 - Pervisha Khan

    Naturalistic Fallacy

    As a metaphysical tenet of speculative philosophy naturalism suggests a worldview that is based on hypotheses that are directed towards an ultimate explanation of nature, the world observed. The principal assumption in naturalisti

    Published November - December 2010 - Erkan Kurt

    What Is This Thing Called Love?

    MATTER & BEYOND TALKS
    Mustafa Tabanli
    MaryLynn Schiavi

    What Is This Thing Called Love?
    Post: Love is a profound ability that we have to say yes to the lives of the people around us. Your life i

    Published November - December 2010 - Mustafa Tabanli

    Futuwwa (Youth and Chivalry)

    They were young men who had believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance. And We strengthened their hearts, when they rose up and declared: Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and Earth; we will not call upon any god

    Published November - December 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    As the darkness drowned

    The dawn has broken, dance of colors in the horizon,
    The dark breathing its last, lights panting for air.
    Fog and smoke dissipate in my vision
    There! New spring with its emerald hair.

    Like a conquering

    Published November - December 2010 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    It is Just a Measurement!

    It was in the second grade when I came across measurement and units for the first time. Our science teacher told us that we could measure things. Until then I did not need units. It seemed a bit awkward to define such concepts. Nu

    Published November - December 2010 - Ozgur Samil Caglayan

    Reconstruction of the Daily Life through Islam

    Adam woke up a little late in the morning, blaming himself for failing to wake up early, even though he had wanted to. He had a meeting that he had to make, so he hurried and quickly swallowed some breakfast. While he was driving

    Published November - December 2010 - Mustafa Belge

    The Universe - Is It the Matrix?

    I’m sure most of you have watched the movie The Matrix. Do you remember the scene where the simulation is paused while Morpheus is walking in the street with Neo?

    The scene depicts an ordinary day in a metropolit

    Published November - December 2010 - Fatih Gelgi

    The "Turkish Letters" of Ogier G. de Busbecq (1520-1592)

    The Ottomans had a strong cultural and political presence over the Middle East, North Africa and South Eastern Europe (the Balkans) from the fifteenth century onwards until the late eighteenth century. They managed to rule over an

    Published November - December 2010 - Osman Nal

    It's Me Peter! Your Nervous System - 2

    When you hear the words “nervous system,” what comes to mind is a cluster of cells called neurons. But this is a great mass of cells, and we should always remember that we are referring to the most complex matter in all of cre

    Published November - December 2010 - Irfan Yilmaz

    The Meaning of Wisdom

    Question: “He grants Wisdom to whomever He wills, and whoever is granted Wisdom, had indeed been granted much good. Yet none except people of discernment reflect and are mindful” (2:269). What should we understand from the wor

    Published November - December 2010 - Hikmet Isik

    Fathers are special, too

    1- Fathers are special, too

    Original Article: Mak, G.K. & Weiss, S., Nature Neuroscience 13, 753 (2010).
    Motherhood or maternal recognition is well characterized by associated brain plasticity during bo

    Published November - December 2010 - The Fountain