Fountain Archive

January 2012

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
The Fountain
3315

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
5409

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
3467

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
3253

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 eco... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Seth Mette
4225

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
4390

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 "Pre read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4993

Bustling Willpower

Fate sometimes blows As gently as breezes; At other times it blows as tough As raging northeasters Rendering huge mountains to dust, Rendering feet to heads Razing heads to the ground. Someti... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Osman Senkaya
9228

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 of ... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Murat Yuksel
5732

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
12945

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
5884

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
4020

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
6129

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, apologist read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Ayse Meva Nur
4970

Speech and Power of Expression

Speech and Power of Expression: On Language, Aesthetics, and Belief M. Fethullah Gülen Translated by Korkut Altay 9781597842297 Tughra Books, 2010 Mankind has been given exclusive possession of... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Nuri Balta
5734

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 hierar... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Musa Ilhan
5287

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
6215

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
10574

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
10078

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 not... read more..

Issue 85 (January - February 2012)
Hikmet Isik
10511

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
5483

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..

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