Fountain Archive

January 2014

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
The Fountain
2565

Editorial: The Joyous Past and the Beautiful Future

The past year was a busy one for The Fountain. Having completed two decades in publishing, we tried to value 2013 not only as an anniversary to celebrate, but also as a time to reflect on how we are p... read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
4186

Holy Days

On holy days, we reflect on the joyous past and the beautiful future yet to come.When the sun rises over our land,only then will it be our holy day...Alvarli Efe Holy days are days of joy and ple read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Selim Selimoglu
3692

Surface Tension and Life

Do you know how a steel blade can float on the water? Or how can some insects stride on a pond? How do your contact lenses stay in position on your eyes? And how does water reach the higher parts of p... read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Osman Senkaya
3245

Charitable Trusts in Medieval Islam

All over the vast Islamic world, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, various services that are fundamentally important to society have been financed and maintained through charitable trusts. Godlin read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Nathan Ruler
2637

Nasraddin Hodja's Pot and Reductio Ad Absurdum

From a children’s tale to Socrates and the Qur’an, the need for logic and sound reasoning is universal. Nasraddin Hodja is a well-known folktale character in the Middle East. He is famous for his read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Yusuf Goker
2911

Dante and Al-Fargani The Common Heritage of Mankind

While producing his most famous works, Dante looked to an unexpected source for inspiration – the works of Islamic astronomer, Al-Fargani. In political or scientific disputes, emphasis is usually read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Yusuf Goker
2607

Gardens: Past and Present

A garden is not a substitute for nature, but it is a link to nature. It is a place where you can reflect on the beauties of the natural world. Gardens are an everyday part of our lives. They come read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Seth Mette
2811

Interview with the Two Brain Lobes

If you want to know why some of us are so poetic, while others are strictly straightforward, then read on this unprecedented discussion and see how the Left Brain and the Right Brain discuss their d read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Omer Arifagaoglu
2354

The Human Skin and Its Web of Vessels

We tend to overlook our skin, but it performs many vital functions for our bodies – including coming to our rescue in emergencies. Since it is designed to function within very precise limits, our read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2467

Shawq and Ishtiyaq (Joyful Zeal and Yearning)

Zeal means turning to the Beloved with all inner and outer feelings, and locking out all appetites other than those one feels to meet with Him. In the context of yearning, it means one is overflowing ... read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Mehmet Necip Gumushanevi
2804

The Human's Unique Position in the Universe

Can an apple move the earth? Physics says it can. The power that gave an apple the ability to move the world, also gave us humans the capacity to make use of the natural laws and be a true vicegeren read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Sally Hannigen
2384

A Severe Case of Confusion

It was too early for Melanie to congratulate herself because the aliens would always be after her. They would always be looking over her shoulder, keeping track of what she did, trying to read her m read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Haci Luy
2386

The Blessing of Anesthesia in Medical Practices

Before anasthesia, even routine surgeries were painful and dangerous. Its advent has allowed for amazing advances in public health and patient safety. Humanity has faced various kinds of health p read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Ali Fethi Toprak
3441

Childhood Education in the Anatolian Heritage

In a globalized world, some regions - like Anatolia, which could be considered a bridge from east-to-west, past-to-future, and a melting pot for different cultures and religions - could pull from th read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Sr. Lilian Curaming
2453

Feast of Sacrifice Spreading The Spirit of Love, Care, and Sharing

On the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice, Christians and Muslims come together to celebrate abundance. Thursday, November 1st, 2012. A normally quiet afternoon at Tangaza College is suddenly vibrant. Li read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Hasan Aydinli
3092

Addiction of Status

Though less known than drug addictions, status addiction can cause serious harm to individuals and society. One of the essential mistakes some people who attain a certain status in our time make read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Aalia Sohail Khan
2991

Language, Meaning, and Purpose: Gulen's Perspective

Language is not only a tool for describing facts and performing vocative functions – it also defines and constitutes our humanity. It "gives voice to our thoughts, it is the rhythm of our feelings, an... read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
Adem G. Aydin
2256

Human Cognition, the Final Frontier

Despite advances in technology, computers still can’t come close to the power of the world’s most remarkable computer – the human brain. Computing machines have seen three phases: the tabulating read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2581

Willpower and Being Tested With It

Question: What is the willpower and how are we being tested with it?" Willpower is considered as one of the four basic elements of what we call the mechanism of conscience. As expressed by Bediuzzama... read more..

Issue 97 (January - February 2014)
The Fountain
2370

Science Square (Issue 97)

A galaxy rapidly forming stars 700 million years after the Big Bang at redshift 7.51 Finkelstein S.L et al., Nature, October 2013 Astronomers have recently spotted a faint ray of light using the Hub... read more..

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