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Fountain Archive

2010

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Omer D. Ikramoglu
4292

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
4903

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
5169

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
5909

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
5112

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
7260

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
6356

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, read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
Hikmet Isik
4842

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 an... read more..

Issue 74 (March - April 2010)
The Fountain
5156

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Original 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 dangero... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
The Fountain
5423

Beyond the Mountains

In the morning I checked everything a second time: yes, I had my razors and shaving cream, an extra shirt just in case of spilling tea, and of course lots of socks, for visiting a book fair means a lo... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6285

Chaos and the Mystical World of Faith

Today, everyone breathes resentment, swallows hatred, curses all that is deemed to be an enemy with a fixed and determined passion, as if programmed for fury. The ink that flows on the pages of newspa... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
H. Huseyin Erdem
4769

The Water Towers of the World

Mountains have been the source of inspiration to human beings in history, with their magnificence and great silence. As the famous mountain photographer Ansel Adams said, "No matter how sophisticated ... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Eren Tatari
8253

Existential Questions: Can We Avoid Them?

I recall a conversation that I had with my best friend in high school. I was deeply troubled by the death of my sister, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 19, and was asking my friend what ... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Abdul-Gafar 'Tobi' Oshodi
4564

Bridging Omo-ilu and Ara-ilu Gaps... A Simple Justobification

Societies are often classified into different groups. These groups could be ethnic, as in most Sub-Saharan African societies, or racial, as in the mixed societies of South Africa, Western Europe, Aust... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Harold R. Olcese
9085

Why the Arrows of Misfortune Strike Good People

“In heaven all is gladness. In hell all is sorrow. Upon this earth, since it lies between, sometimes the one, and sometimes the other. We have our being between the two extremes, and so it partakes read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Ibrahim Ugurlu
4407

I Am the Earth

My existence is essential for human life, and only human beings can truly appreciate my value. I was created in the most suitable way for humans to live among the many other planets continuously orbit... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Mirkena Ozer
5365

A Record to Break...

Halima heard the front door close with a click that was almost inaudible. Casting a quick look at the digital clock on the kitchen counter, she surmised that her son, Ahmet, must have come home from s... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5065

Tawakkul, Taslim, Tafwiz, and Thiqa (Reliance, Surrender, Commitment, and Confidence)

Reliance, surrender, commitment, and confidence are the four steps or stations of a spiritual journey beginning with reliance on (or trust in) God, continuing in full awareness of one’s helplessness a... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli
5279

Natural is Nothing Less Than Miraculous

Alexander: I worry about this huge activity to try and make ourselves immortal, and try to extend our life by another decade or so, when such big slices of the world’s population are still lacking eve... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Seth Mette
4423

Storm of Change

It was one of the first days of spring when a butterfly appeared in our forest. She was so charming in her vibrant blues, yellows, and blacks that everyone wanted to be close to the butterfly. In orde... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Marylynn Schiavi
4767

Spiritual Capital for Social Change

When talking about capital most people think of money, gold, homes, and land. But there is a new and growing perspective focused on non-traditional capital, according to Dr. Katherine Marshall, a lead... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Alice Bolton
7261

When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a TimeBy Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin2006, Penguin Books “The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger,... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Irfan Yilmaz
6409

It's me Peter, your Endocrine System!

Peter! We are now approaching the end of the series of organs that told you about themselves. They have been pointing out the seal of God on them, and celebrating themselves as they manifest the beau... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
Hikmet Isik
5878

Delusion of Immortality

Question: How can the delusion of immortality be overcome? The phrase “delusion of immortality” means people think they are eternal and immortal. Such people are obsessed with the world, as if they w... read more..

Issue 75 (May - June 2010)
The Fountain
5137

A New Hope for Type I Diabetes

1- Leptin therapy for diabetes Original Article: Wang, M. et al., PNAS (published online before print on March 1, 2010). Periodic injections of insulin to manage blood sugar levels is critical for t read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
The Fountain
4448

The Inner System of Life

The human model that has been fantasized in modern times is a heavily downgraded form of the “authorized version”. Under extreme interpretations of materialist philosophies, the human being has been p... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6367

The Inner Dimension of Existence

The inner dimension of existence, for those who are open to it, is never a fantasy, a dream, an illusion or a delirium, but instead a phenomenon and an inner system. It seems feasible only through suc... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli
5898

Quantum Physics and Free Will

Is life unpredictable? Do we choose our own thoughts or our own path through this life? Are we beings who truly have the free will to decide which path we will take or which choice we will make? Or read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Seth Mette
4542

Are You Pregnant with Yourself?

Have you ever been pregnant? No matter your gender or age, you have been pregnant in your life! Even now, you may be pregnant. Do you wonder why? To learn the answer, we need to set out on an explorat... read more..

Issue 76 (July - August 2010)
Mustafa Tabanli
5301

Sounds in Nature and Journey to the Beginning

If we seek solace and peace in the sounds of nature and in our houses of worship, what happens to us the rest of the time when we are bombarded by sound at every turn? It seems like no matter where we... read more..

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