Fountain Archive

May 2013

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
The Fountain
3180

A Very High Peak To Climb

On Sunday, I requested a friend of mine to babysit my two young boys so I could attend my cousin’s wedding. A few days later, I called the same friend, this time so I could attend the funeral of my de... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4836

Souls of Immortality

Immortal souls always preserve their vitality, and in every season, they show a different sign of life. They never wither or fade away; they never lose their vigor. Neither the setting sun or the fad... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Ali Fethi Toprak
3503

Cancer: Cellular Anarchy

Cancer is a complex disease, claiming millions of lives every year. There is no single type of cancer. However, all types of cancer have one thing in common—anarchy. It is noteworthy and insightful to... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Mary Lahaj
3738

Contemplative Practices: A Comparative Perspective On Different Faith Traditions

The world is too much with us; late and soon,Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;Little we see in nature that is ours;We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!…For this, for everything, ... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Safiye Arslan
3191

From Mexican Jumping Beans to Cyborg Plants

According to Merriam Webster, cybernetics is the science of communication and control theory that is particularly concerned with the comparative study of automatic control systems, such as the nervous... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Kinko Ito
3746

Cooking and World Peace

In the summer of 2007, I traveled to Turkey for ten days as a member of an International Interfaith Dialogue (IID) group from Little Rock, AR. The tour included sightseeing at various historical sites... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Yusuf Goker
3404

The Wisdom Behind the Crumbling of Rocks

The earth is composed of huge and interdependent masses of rocks. We can only comprehend this during rock formations that occur as a result of the earth’s tectonic movements. The rock masses that make... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Eren Tatari - Yamina Mermer
4045

Islamic Philosophy of Science

Attempting to answer questions of agency, causality and universality from an Islamic perspective is called the “Islamic philosophy of science.” In answering these questions from an Islamic perspective... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Suat Yildirim
3111

Culture of Coexistence: Exemplary Cases of Relationship between Muslims and Non-Muslims

Imam Sarahsi narrates an incident which is exemplary of Islam’s policy with respect to non-Muslims. Imam Abu Yusuf, the chief justice of the Muslim state when the Abbasids enjoyed the zenith of their ... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Erhan Yenilmez
3235

A Slap on the Beach

The tropical Kamilo Beach on the Big Island of Hawaiian Archipelago should be a scenic place with white sands and crystal clear waters. However it is laden with tons of human made objects that have fl... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3429

Qurb and Bu'd (Nearness and Remoteness)

Nearness (qurb) means that one transcends corporeality in order to acquire perfect spirituality and proximity to God. Some interpret it as God's proximity to His servants; however, this is not accurat... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Hamza Aydin
2945

Recurring DNA in Genome Structure

A genome is a data book or registry which records the past and future of living organisms. It dynamically and simultaneously stores hereditary and biological information in three different hierarchica... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Seth Mette
3113

Butterfly Effect

You had to build the cocoon as your sanctuaryIn order to find your new self in tranquilityAs you transformed, the sanctuary became the enemyDemolishing your home turned out to be your first dutyDon’t ... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Nebil Mersinli
3555

A Blessing Behind an Unlikely Veil: Vomiting as a Healthy Human Reflex

Being one of the most important human reflexes, vomiting is the phenomenon of spewing out, through the mouth and nose, the contents of the stomach and intestines in the form of strong convulsions. Vom... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Fatih Harpci
3936

A Subject of the Divine Promises: Ishmael

The family story of Ishmael is one of the ten family histories into which the book of Genesis is arranged. This history of Ishmael shows the fulfillment of the promises made by his parents regarding h... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Arslan Mayda
3112

Don’t Let Me Down

As we enjoy and appreciate so many things in life, hair is usually among the blessings most of us take for granted. Although it might be difficult a task to “count your blessings” in the literal sense... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Ibrahim Yildiz
2867

Nanomedicine : A Novel Paradigm to Medicine

Nowadays, we have been accustomed to hear “nano-something,” and we hardly pay any attention to what this really means to us in our daily life. From the perspective of material science, nanoscience or ... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Alpaslan Sahin
6014

Questioning Techniques and Wait Time

Socrates is the first known philosopher to have used questioning in a systematic way with an ethical purpose in mind. Famous Socratic dialogue takes place between Socrates and Meno in which they discu... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
Hikmet Isik
3491

Historical Recurrences

Question: Taking into account the notion that history repeats itself, how should we view recent incidents and events that are taking place in our world today?Indeed, the world has once again stepped i... read more..

Issue 93 (May - June 2013)
The Fountain
3109

Science Square

Wright GA et al. Caffeine in Floral Nectar Enhances a Pollinator's Memory of Reward. Science, 2013; 339 (6124): 1202 Caffeine is thought to be a repellent defense chemical in the plant kingdom but a r... read more..

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