Fountain Archive

2012

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
The Fountain
3523

Our Big Small World

The past year was a busy one for The Fountain. In cooperation with many local NGOs and authorities, The Fountain organized quite a number of panels, seminars, and conferences all around the world. Loc... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5590

Virtue and Happiness

Those who promise happiness to people must equip them with virtues first. Happiness is out of reach for those whose hearts have not been saturated with virtue. From the past to the present, sound mind... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Esen Bakhautdin
3695

Coping with Autism

"When I took my one-year old son to the supermarket, he never responded to other mothers' playful overtures. I used to tell them, 'Oh, he just woke up from his nap.' He was very unresponsive baby. We read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Devrim Bulut
3520

The Optimizing Man

In 1881, F. Edgeworth defines the first principle of economics such that every agent is motivated only by self-interest. The idea of self-interest motivation is conceptualized with a hypothetical econ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Seth Mette
4422

Hearing the Light

On a Saturday morning, I was sitting in the nearby park in our neighborhood. It was especially lovely to do it at this time of the year. The birds start chanting after a winter-long silence, flowers s... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Fatih Gelgi
4563

The Difficulty of Modeling the Brain with Artificial Neurons

“The human brain, then, is the most complicated organization of matter that we know.”Isaac Asimov If someone asks what you recall when you look at the following pictures, I can hear you say ‘Pres read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5457

Bustling Willpower

Fate sometimes blows As gently as breezes;At other times it blows as toughAs raging northeastersRendering huge mountains to dust,Rendering feet to heads Razing heads to the ground.Sometimes caressing ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Osman Senkaya
9461

Same World, Different Lenses: A Brief Overview of Cultural Differences

  According to the British writer Raymond Williams, culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in English. It has many definitions but here is the crux to remember: Culture is the way ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Murat Yuksel
5960

The Power Law

The desire of explaining things and trends around us has been a decisive component of wisdom. The complexity of nature challenges human thought and experience to answer the question of “why.” The answ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Karin De Villa
13343

Myth or Reality: The “Invasion” and Spread of Islam in Spain

The majority of Spaniards, as well as people worldwide that have heard about "Muslim Spain," know about the conquest of Spain, (Hispania at the time) by the Arabs. However, few deepen their search in ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
6096

Inbisat (Expansion)

Literally meaning growing larger and deeper, spreading and expanding, Sufis use inbisat to signify the relaxing of one's heart, to the extent allowed by the religion, so that it can embrace everybody ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
M. Fatih Yilmaz
4242

Towards the dream of Star Trek: Antimatter

In physics, matter is defined as the composition of particles such as electrons, protons, and neutrons. Antimatter is composed of antiparticles such as anti-electrons (positrons) and antiprotons (prot... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Mirkena Ozer
6336

Who Speaks for Islam?

"Who Speaks for Islam? What Do 1.3 Billion Muslims Really Think?"John L. Esposito, Dalia Mogahed 978-1595620170 Gallup Press, 2008 To date, many have spoken for Islam: experts, apologists, extremist read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Ayse Meva Nur
5206

Speech and Power of Expression

  Speech and the Power of Expression: On Language, Aesthetics, and BeliefFethullah GulenTranslated by Korkut Altay9781597842297Tughra Books, 2010 Mankind has been given exclusive possession of speec... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Nuri Balta
5941

Are We Big Enough to Be Arrogant?

  A small-scale blueprint of the universe, the human body is a miraculous work of art that manifests the beautiful divine names and attributes of God Almighty. A human body is made up of a set of hie... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Musa Ilhan
5522

How I Wish I Could Be a Seed

How I wish I could be a seed, embedded within the bosom of the earth. Protected I would be from all external elements which may cause me harm. A comfortable and familiar environment I would be in, lik... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Daniel Hummel
6425

The Cultural Perspective and Societal Change

Society is built on institutions; this is an inescapable fact. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, an institution is “a significant practice, relationship, or organization in a society or cultu... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Mustafa Tabanli
10933

The Heart-Mind Connection

Dr. Windsor Ting and Dr. Gregory Fricchione examine the mind-body connection in their remarkable book The Heart-Mind Connection. Research shows that negative emotions can actually cause or worsen hear... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Irfan Yilmaz
10432

The Human Being in Numbers: Last Lesson for Peter

Dear Peter! Until today, almost all of your organs and systems introduced themselves and explained the great artistry in their creation along with their wisdom and precision. Certainly, these were no... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Hikmet Isik
10819

The Prophet Muhammad's Illiteracy

Question: Was the Prophet illiterate throughout his life? Or did he-the one for whom veils were lifted with the verse "Read!", and thus who could read the mysteries of the universe-ever read and write... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
The Fountain
5829

Fixing obesity in the brain

1- Fixing obesity in the brain Original article: Czupryn, A. et al., Science 334, 1133 (2011). Neurons are a highly specialized group of cells that transmit electrical stimuli to elicit responses read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7471

Love for Truth

Truth means the essence and reality of a thing. It is to know clearly what a thing is, what it means, and what it signifies beyond its appearance and cognition. What is the essence and reality of the ... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Ali Fethi Toprak
4593

Guarding Queens of the Cellular Strongholds

Cells are the main building blocks of living organisms. Our body is composed of average one hundred trillion cells. We undergo continuous replenishment by a special reservoir of cells called stem cell... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Sumeyra Tosun
7169

Compatibility of Modern Psychology and Muslims

"Surely God changes not the conditions of a people, unless they change what is with their selves." Qur'an (13:11) In the twentieth century, like other religious communities around the world, Muslims read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Seth Mette
4977

Story in Progress

Every year, 12 to 25 million people attempt suicide worldwide, and 1 million of them achieve what they are aiming. That means that every 30 seconds, one person is dying by suicide on our planet. Be it... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Mustafa Tabanli
5366

Can Spirituality Help Recover From Cancer?

Dr. Jean Kristeller is Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Indiana State University. She has conducted research on the psycho... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Namik Top
10510

Character Education for Academic Achievement

This article explores whether character education has an impact on preventing school violence through the virtues that it provides, and whether character education influences the achievement of childr... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Donald Casey
18501

Rumi: Faith, Knowledge, Reason, and Love

During a trip to Turkey in the summer of 2009, I had an opportunity to visit the tomb of the 13th century Sufi mystic and prolific author, Mawlana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi, known more commonly as Rumi (12... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
Ceyda Sablak
4886

Another Side to Water

Water plays a crucial role in maintaining the balance between life and death on Earth. It can either instigate health, or be a deadly disease vector (Govender, Barnes and Pieper 2011). Although the ef... read more..

Issue 86 (March - April 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
5399

Qast and Azm (Decision And Resolution)

Qast means confidence, determination, choosing, and advancing straight toward a destination, thinking and reasoning moderately and deliberately, and living a moderate and balanced life. For Sufis, thi... read more..

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