Fountain Archive

May 2015

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
The Fountain
2462

Ghana and More

The Fountain was among the organizers of an important conference in Ghana. Many participants described the conference as “first of its kind.” Professor Scott C. Alexander was one of the speakers. The ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
3453

Building a Society of Noble Ideals

The humans of this age have been victimized by a lack of idealism. Sometimes, in addition to lacking idealism, these individuals ignored their self-control and remained corrupt; some even went so far ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Brian Turk
2793

The Impeccable Sanitation of the Blood

Think of a marvelous machine that consists of pipes, pumps, processors, and plugs. This machine grinds and grates, pumps and pours, moves and maneuvers. It constructs and consumes constantly. Despite ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Yusuf Malik
3325

Causality in Science and Religion

One of the most appealing questions in the history of science is if science and religion can be reconciled. Since religion and science both present cognitive perspectives about existence, this is a pr... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Michael Anthony Samuel
3073

A Festival of Dialogue Exploring Multiculturalism and Language Diversity

The opportunity for 15 countries to assemble beneath one banner under the South African sky is a feat all of its own. The massive background logistics to co-ordinate a three hour show – the music perf... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Fethi Yaman
2951

Antimicrobial Activity of Honey

Honey has been used by humans for millennia. It’s beloved by kids and adults alike. Honey is one of those versatile food items which can also be used as a cosmetic ingredient or antibacterial agent. I... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Osman Senkaya
5095

Putting Yourself in Others' Shoes

Empathy is more important than ever in human relations. Be it among employer and employee, husband and wife, or parents and children, empathy seems necessary to all circles of human interaction. Altho... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Hamza Aydin
2852

The Key-Lock System in Fertilization

Living things are equipped with sexual and asexual reproduction systems to enable life to continue. Sexual reproduction requires the presence of two opposite genders, male and female. Special reproduc... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
K. Fatma Canan
2916

Speaking: A Magical Gift

He burst into tears. He could not understand what was happening to him. He looked like his friends, but when it came to this one thing, something was wrong. Half an hour ago, his teacher asked him to ... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Ibrahim Ugurlu
2840

The World of Cats

Cats have lived with humans since ancient times. They are one of the most friendly, playful, cute residents of our houses. These creatures claim corners on our beds during winter time, their quiet cat... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2577

Adab (Mannerliness)

Its meaning covers being sensible and reasonable, well-behaved, well-mannered, treating people kindly. Adab (mannerliness) is used in the terminology of Sufism to defend against errors and to distingu... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
D. Omer Guney
2842

Curvature of the Heavens

Mevlana Jalal al-Din Rumi, who lived in the 13th century, is still recognized as one of the most influential Muslim mystics in history [1]. Rumi is especially known for his poetry, which spread messag... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Thomas Petriano
2799

Four Cups of Tea

A visit to a mosque and a simple gesture of kindness remind the author that, despite what the news might report, people of different faiths have far more similarities than differences.Be kind, for w read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Murat Erdin
2756

Complexity Or Cooperativity?

Books, bodies, and beautiful paintings – these are all emergent systems. As our understanding of these systems grows, so, too, do the questions about how we study them. Scientific revolutions req read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Mary Lahaj
2826

Bless Your Own Baby

Upon the birth of her first child, the author took it upon herself to bestow an important blessing. Twenty-five years later, she used that blessing to help another new mother take her first steps in read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Mustafa Akdag
2723

Humans and Metallic Materials

If we study the way metals are structured and processed, lessons can be drawn about how human’s function, too. One just has to look closely enough. Humans and metallic materials are both worth in read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Sefik Hikmet Toprak
2932

Numerical Codes and Gematrical Mysteries in the Qur'an

Just as there is a perfect order that allows life to exist and function, there are incredible numerical symmetries and orders within the Qur’an. Exploring them can deepen our appreciation of both th read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
M. Fethullah Gulen
2627

Music of Rain

rops of rain, as if smiles from the worlds beyond, Travel here and there seeking the seas they parted from. They fall with the sound of plucked lute-strings: And hearing it, the earth begins to breat... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
Ismail Eren
2619

Fuel Cells

Today, humans get most of their energy from fossil fuels. We know this rate of consumption isn’t sustainable. Will fuel cells be the primary energy source of tomorrow? Humans have always needed read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
The Fountain
2498

Realizing Ideals

Question: In a society where disorder is rampant and a war of values is taking place, how can balance be established between reality and ideals? What are the characteristics of those who can achieve t... read more..

Issue 105 (May - June 2015)
The Fountain
2617

Science Square (Issue 105)

Natural Antifreeze from Ticks Frostbite Protection in Mice Suggests an Antifreeze Glycoprotein Heisig M. et al. PLOS ONE, February 2015. Some animals such as ticks and fish have anti-freeze proteins... read more..

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