Fountain Archive

March 2010

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
The Fountain
3985

Science Square

The semantic roots of a word may open up new horizons which relate it to a broader frame of reference, a frame we normally would not connect with this word. This is also true for subsidiary meanings o... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
9812

The Power of Literature

In the most general sense, literature is a discipline that studies elegant, measured, and harmonious words uttered or written in verse or prose in a form that is congruent with the conditions of time ... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Hamdi Sener
6397

Endocytosis: How Cells Eat

The smallest life forms that constitute our bodies, that is, cells, are fairly well organized structures. Even though the cytoplasm (i.e. the interior section of a cell) is extremely crowded and dynam... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Zekeriya Ozsoy
14394

A True Understanding of Self for Self-Actualization

Psychologists have been using the concept of “self-actualization” to describe those who are immensely successful in realizing their potential (Maslow, 1943; Goldstein, 1934). The actualization of one’... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli
5020

Protecting of Life Forms Is a Moral Responsibility

Mary Evelyn Tucker: “Religions can offer a sense of hope, because more than anything, I think we all need to imagine a future that is sustainable.”There is one moral law that forms the corner stone of... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Yasin Ceran
4968

Renewers

If education is an act of “renewal” in beliefs, ideas, hopes, happiness, misery, and practices, a renewal that contributes towards the enhancement and betterment of an individual’s thoughts, feelings... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mesut Sahin
3397

On Their Faces and Backs

In numerous verses the Holy Qur’an makes reference to living organisms, and particularly to human physiology. The Qur’an does this in its own style, briefly mentioning some fundamental principles of t... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli
3986

Complementary Stories of the Cosmos Perspectives from Science and Religion

Where do we come from, why are we here and where are we going to? These are three fundamental questions that have preoccupied many civilizations throughout history. Today more than ever we have become... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4132

Istiqama (Straightforwardness)

People of truth have interpreted straightforwardness as avoiding all deviation and extremes, and as following in the footsteps of the Prophets, the faithful, the witnesses (of truth), and the righteou... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Omer D. Ikramoglu
3842

Quantum-Inspired World of Computers: Science or Fiction?

When we draw even a simple line using a computer program, we usually ignore what our computer actually does in the background. It converts videos, images or texts into bits, the smallest building bloc... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Nathan Ruler
4407

Categorical Confusions Regarding Omnipotence of God

Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three main monotheistic religions, describe God as an omnipotent, all-powerful agent. In other words, God has power over everything. If God is described in this wa... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Kamil Ezgin
4585

Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Surah Iron (Hadeed)

Iron is a fundamental element prevalent in the component of various goods, such as products made of steel, cars, airplanes, ships, computers, furniture, and catalysts utilized in industry, colored pig... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Gulsum Kucuksari
5481

Inside a Patient's Room

Hospital chaplains often intersect a person’s life at the time of their most desperate need. An unwed mom watches the scene unfold, as her newborn leaves the hospital with adoptive parents. An elderly... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Ahmet Uysal
4413

The Tiniest Captains of the Ocean

The date of invention for compass still is not known with certainty. Some historians think that it was invented in China around 900 BC, while others claim that it was around 100 AD. The use of a magne... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Sebnem Unlu
6398

Reflections on Noah's Ark

As the titanic waves engulfed and threatened the Ark, an unseen “hand” guided and protected it; until its final destination to safety. The old cliché, “history repeats itself,” embedded in my mind. I ... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz
5440

It's me, Peter, your Muscular System!

Dear Peter! I, your muscular system, would like to talk to you today; I allow you to walk and do all kinds of movements very easily. In the most recent essay of this department, the skeletal system, w... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Hikmet Isik
4250

Measure of Selflessness

Question: Do acts of selflessness conflict with reason? What is the measure of agreement we should seek between the two?Selflessness is when one relinquishes oneself from certain personal desires and ... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
The Fountain
4107

Barefoot Running

Barefoot RunningOriginal Article: Lieberman, D.E. et al., Nature 463, 531 (2010).The modern running shoe was not invented until the 1970s. However, the presumption that running barefoot is dangerous a... read more..

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