Certain subjects share common fields of study, and we handpick a topic from their crossover. In this section, we elaborate on the chosen topic from the perspectives of the both subjects.

  • How Gaming Acts A Gateway Into the Alt-Right for Distressed Gamers

    Boran GÖHER


    If you have no prior experience with this particular topic, the title might have surprised you a little. After all, it suggests that the gaming community might be some form of an enabler for some people to fall into the claws of alt-right ideas. For the uninitiated, the idea possibly sounds ridiculous. Unless you buy into the lies and exaggerations of those who claim video games are the main cause of the violence that they, again, the claim is rising, you probably do not have a particularly negative opinion of video games.

  • Stories of Many: Malala and Women in Revolution

    Hülya AFAT


    As long as the authority figures existed, disagreements towards them existed too. Revolutions are the result of these disagreements between the authorities and the masses ruled by them. Throughout history, women have had active roles during the history-changing revolutions. Since the times we are living through right now are history-in-making and very pivotal for the future of the human civilization, I had the urge to talk about today’s revolutions and their powerful women leaders.

  • The Economy of Climate Change

    Duygu BAYRAM


    The universe we live in often rests on a careful balance, however chaotic it may look from the outside. The existence of life is dependent on an even more ordered balance as we need certain conditions to keep existing. This balance is usually not threatened by the living themselves because we tend to fit into nature in order to exist; however, recently, humanity has been visibly proud of its quest to conquer nature and to bend it to its will. While it was not necessarily intentional, we have declared a war against nature when we stopped being restricted by it and began using certain limited resources without any limitations.

  • Disparity of Technology Between Generations



    Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, every generation has been born into a world more technologically advanced compared to the ones that came before them. This is understandable as the knowledge and technology we possess as humanity increases it becomes easier to attain new knowledge and technology.

  • Limits of Our Mind: Bounded Rationality

    Egemen BÜYÜKKAYA


    How rational are we in the modern world? Since the enlightenment, thinkers, and scientists have held the view that humans are rational actors. They thought that humans were, by nature, rational creatures who could make their decisions using their reason. All human beings were considered possessing similar faculties of reason.

  • Music and Economics: Thinking Music as an Industry

    Didem ÖZÇAKIR


    When we think about music, we are inclined to think of it as a form of art. In reality, music is something that we consume, and what we listen to is determined by the dynamics of the free market. Open your favorite playlist and think: Would you be able to find these songs if they were not properly advertised or would they give the same taste if they were not recorded using the latest technology?

  • Data, Privacy, and Science: Future of The Human Civilization

    Hülya AFAT


    Data processing has been the main accelerator of modern science in the last five decades. As much as the social sciences, data processing is used by the big corporations and the advertisement agencies since the internet became the core marketplace. There are some cases that the privacy of internet users was invaded by big corporations to make profits.

  • Political Correctness: Where Linguistics and Politics Meet

    Boran GÖHER & Ümit Altar BİNİCİ


    Almost every culture had groups it considered as “outsiders” or “the others”. Considering that people have a great tendency to ridicule, demean, or otherwise insult these outcast groups, it is no surprise that many words and phrases have appeared in various languages to serve this exact purpose.

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