Issue 95

  • How Much Are We In Control?

    How Much Are We In Control?

    We are so saddened these days by what is going on in Egypt. People are being killed by their own army, and the world is silently watching. Their silence on Egypt is as deadening as it has bee

    Published September - October 2013 - The Fountain

    Happiness and Virtue: A Prophetic Example

    Happiness is an ideal for which everybody longs. People endure all kinds of sacrifice for its sake. But what exactly is happiness? Is this question not one of the biggest enigmas bewildering mankind?

    To some, h

    Published September - October 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Are Genes the Source of Behavioral Disorders?

    We learn about a new gene everyday that is specifically associated with a certain human behavior or that causes a certain physical situation. One gene is responsible for crime, whereas another gene is the cause for baldness. This

    Published September - October 2013 - Cezmi Aydin

    Dispersing Hopelessness from the Depressive Thoughts: Is There Any Way?

    Depression is a major medical illness that causes feelings of dispassion and lessens productivity in individuals. It is usually manifested as a feeling of hopelessness and associated with sadness or the lack of pleasure from other

    Published September - October 2013 - Mucteba Muezzinoglu Nate Emru Kiydal

    Escherichia Coli: Good or Bad?

    “For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” Shakespeare once wrote in his famous play, ‘Hamlet.’ The philosophical questions “What is good?” and “What is bad?” have been discussed over many

    Published September - October 2013 - Melissa McPen

    Who Owns This Body?

    Who Owns This Body?
    “There are numerous perfect mechanisms put to work by our Creator in a fashion that is impossible for us to know; it is equally impossible for us to control each of them.”

    “This body i

    Published September - October 2013 - Omer Arifagaoglu

    Defining the Universe with Mathematics

    Mathematics is one of the earliest sciences. As the expression of intangible thoughts, mathematics can also be considered an art form like painting or music. From this perspective, the possible use of a developed mathematical theo

    Published September - October 2013 - Nuri Balta

    Ibn Bajja and A Duel with Duality

    Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Yahya al Saigh or Ibn Bajja (Avempace) is a well-known twelfth century Spanish philosopher.1 Ibn Bajja was something of a renaissance man; while a vizier, a poet, a doctor, and a composer, he was also a schol

    Published September - October 2013 - Berna Berian Baran

    Why Do We Turn Over During Sleep?

    Our skin is not only a means for our body to look nice esthetically, but it also acts as a shield against negative external effects. For instance, it helps protect us from mechanical and chemical injuries or rashes, harmful waves

    Published September - October 2013 - Musab Korkmaz

    The Qur'an: An Eternal Journey

    We are at the table together for dinner, having a good time. My husband is eating a beef dish and liking it very much. My younger daughter, who hates beef, is enjoying her noodles. My older daughter is a vegetarian. She is having

    Published September - October 2013 - Nihal Balci

    Termites and Retirement

    We call termites “white ants” because of their appearance; however they are a diverse group of insects, with around 3,000 species. Found mostly in Africa, termites feed especially on wood and other organic substances in tropic

    Published September - October 2013 - Nuh Ozdin

    Mahabba (Love)

    Mahabba means fondness, tender and kind feelings, preference, and love. Love that affects and invades one’s feelings is called passion; love that is so deep and irresistible that it burns for union is called fervor and enthusia

    Published September - October 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Camel: A Monumental Creature

    The camel is a mighty animal and was historically used for transportation in desert lands; thus, it earned the name “the ship of the desert.” Interestingly, a camel’s gait also resembles the rolling motion of a ship. A camel

    Published September - October 2013 - Ali Fethi Toprak

    Literature and National Security: The Almajeri Education in Nigeria

    In his The Death of Criticism, Terry Eagleton spoke of the rude shock a clerk in his office might experience if she stumbled upon the thought that her boss is actually paid, and paid very well for that ma

    Published September - October 2013 - Ile, Onyebuchi James

    My Brother's Plum Tree

    I often think of my brother during the early summer. When we moved to our home in Philadelphia, my brother, who was always more ethereal, thought we should plant a tree, so that we could watch it grow. We spent a month deciding wh

    Published September - October 2013 - Justin Pahl

    The Pure Path

    One night I had a vision of the future so bright;
    there was a peaceful silence
    and was pouring light

    Things were being done
    with the precision of a clockwork;
    centuries of old confusions all disappea

    Published September - October 2013 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    TIME What Does the Qur’an Say About It?

    All things in the universe, with their specific and suitable outfits obtained from the spiritual world, gain an image and flow in the river of time.

    The sun and the moon are by an exact calculation (of the All-Merci

    Published September - October 2013 - Firat Celik

    A Conversation Starter

    The question of dialogues between different faiths and cultures is one of the most important questions of our fractured age. How can we reconcile so many, seemingly, vast and diverse viewpoints? What common ground can be found amo

    Published September - October 2013 - Justin Pahl

    Forest Fires: Unexpected Benefits of an Unwanted Disaster

    Forest ecosystems bear vital importance not only for us humans but also for thousands of species. Forests occupy vast spaces across the planet, featuring a rich variety of life, from seeds to saplings, from bushes to trees. Forest

    Published September - October 2013 - Eyup Nazir

    How Collaboration Makes a Difference in Dispute Resolution

    Parties in a dispute can resolve their differences in various ways. Oftentimes, at least one party feels a need to compromise in order to reach a resolution. As a result, the compromising party may suffer, or feel unfairly treated

    Published September - October 2013 - Alptekin Kavi

    Algae: A Source of Benefits

    Does it feel creepy to step on sea weeds when you are swimming? Would you swim quickly away from an area with algae and seaweeds at the bottom? Just like plants of the land are a source of oxygen, algae also produces oxygen in the

    Published September - October 2013 - Ibrahim Bagci

    Drones and the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    It’s a bird, it’s a plane… but no, it’s not Superman. It’s a drone.

    Airborne drones are becoming commonplace, especially in the civilian world. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are aircr

    Published September - October 2013 - Halil I. Demir

    Mechanisms of Soul and Conscience

    Question: What could be said about comprehending the essential natures of the soul and the conscience, which play a dramatic role in the rise and fall of human beings?

    The nature of human beings bears both material and

    Published September - October 2013 - The Fountain

    Science Square

    Jacobs J. et al. Direct recordings of grid-like neuronal activity in human spatial navigation. Nature Neuroscience, 2013
    The Brain’s GPS

    Do you happen to have a poor sense of direction? Do you often find yourse

    Published September - October 2013 - The Fountain