Fountain Archive

March 2011

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
The Fountain
3997

The Fountain Talks

2011 has started off with a bang. Many Arab countries are following the examples of Tunisia and Egypt. There is increasing public unrest as those countries rally to remove their self-appointed, long-t... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5594

In between Contrasts

Year in and year out, as a community we have been concurrently going around the “vicious” and “virtuous” circles of an assortment of strange occurrences. On the one hand, we tumble headfirst in the co... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Mustafa Tabanli
5392

Human Brain and Crossing beyond Self

People everywhere seem to have an innate need to reach out to the ultimate, to connect with some larger reality beyond themselves. Might there be something in the structure of the brain to give clues ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Zuleyha Keskin
4526

Effective Use of Education as a Tool to Shape Attitudes: the Australian Experience

We often think of education in the context of a classroom environment, where one teaches and the others learn; a monologue between the learned and the one seeking to learn. No doubt, classroom environ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Bernadette - Daniel Skubik
5163

Reunion

We meet youOur Friendin the beauty ofcountless vibrant heartsstrongly sinewedin purifying love.We meet youOur Friendin the steadfastprayerful careof blessing handsand radiant faces.We meet youOur Frie... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Bedirhan Altunay
3250

The Sun: The Source We Cannot Utilize

The sun gives out about 1.17x1031 kJ (kilojoule) energy every year. Only one and half trillionth of this energy reaches the Earth, 150 million kilometers away from the sun. 30% of that energy, in the ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Fethi Keles
4430

Paths ahead: Reflections on Bosnian Muslim Presence in the United States

This commentary offers a few reflections on the impact of the American experience on the formation of a Bosnian identity in the United States. I have befriended several members of two Bosnian immigran... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Joseph J. Salter
5995

You Waste It, You' ve Lost It!

This is the Winner essay of our 2010 writing contest conducted in cooperation with Everest Productions. Participants were asked to write down to live out what truly mattered to them most assuming they... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Seth Mette
4046

The Great Flood of Questions

Nowadays, we are alerted by scientists about possible future floods due to extreme weather events or melting of the polar ice because of global warming. Even producers have come up with several movies... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3548

A Pristine Spring

A skyline of lively hills and purple mountains appearedAs sleepers floated in their deepest slumbersIn purple and pink, successive dawns were swellingWhile in waters swans were elegantly glidingWe fel... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4468

Haya (Modesty)

Sufis use haya, which literally means shame, bashfulness, and refraining from saying or doing anything improper or indecent, to describe one who, out of fear and awe of God, seeks to avoid displeasing... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Yusuf Ziya Gurtas
4563

Metaphors, Metaphysics, Mathematics, etc.

Analogies, metaphors, and similes are essential elements of human cognition and this makes them an indispensable tool in education, science, and literature. When it comes to explaining metaphysical co... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Selnur Hatice Yerli
7181

Cognitive Dissonance and the Psychology of Sin

Peter was a successful banker and the vice president of one of the biggest banks in the state. He was also a very intelligent guy who can “magically” transfer his customers’ money to his own account w... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Halil I. Demir
3587

Super Computer in a Cell

Since the first electronic computer ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was announced in 1946, computers have changed a great deal. As computers become more powerful and faster, their... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Mirkena Ozer
3579

Watermark

“It is a sin to waste water,” warns my mom. She might as well save her breath. After carrying water in pails and plastic bins from the first to the fourth floor of the building where we live, I know read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Ceyda Sablak
4058

Thinking

I was sitting by the beach and thinking about anything, everything, yet nothing all at once…The waves were in such a rush, like all the bustling people in the city.Maybe if you rush you will get more ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Irfan Yilmaz
3681

It's Us Peter! Your Teeth

Dear Peter…!We agreed with the other organs to explain the splendid art inherent in us to you; we have patiently waited our turn. Our aim is to remind you to look after yourself so you will continue t... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
Hikmet Isik
4514

Reproaching Our Fellow-travelers

Question: Different groups or individuals who do good work in their own way are sometimes critical of others for using different methods. What would you say about being critical of others on one hand ... read more..

Issue 80 (March - April 2011)
The Fountain
4195

"As if I ate" diet is effective

1- “As if I ate” diet is effectiveOriginal Article: Morewedge C.K. et al., Science 330, 1530 (2010).If you’ve had a chance to visit the Fatih district in Istanbul, then you have probably seen the famo read more..

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