Fountain Archive

July 2016

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
The Fountain
1073

After The Coup Attempt, A Crackdown In Turkey

The Fountain has been recently banned by the Turkish government in Turkey. Let us try to explain why: Once considered a beacon of hope for the Middle East, Turkey has been rapidly backsliding on is... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
M. Fethullah Gulen
7635

Despair and Heroes

Much as it is in the rest of today’s world, depression and crises are interwoven into our society: crisis of belief, crisis of thought, crisis of criteria, crisis of the system, crisis of ethics, c... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Umar Agha
1048

Baby in the Cold

Abandoned babies left on the steps of a church or a mosque are not unfamiliar news for many of us. We are not going to discuss the socio-cultural reasons and consequences of this outrageous act, but... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Ali Fakih
1076

Anatomy of 2008 global Financial Crisis

In 2008, the world witnessed the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression.  Although this crisis started in the financial markets, it soon spread to real-world sectors and caused a great ... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Emine Demircan
888

Green Fluorescent Proteins

Many animals, including squirrels and birds, bury their excess acorns or nuts in summer. When winter arrives and everything is buried under thick snow, they are still able to find the food they had... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Faik Kocadag
885

Recognizing the Alien

One of the most important preventative measures the human body can take against diseases is recognizing harmful things that have entered the body – and recognizing them as soon as possible. After r... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Earl Carlo Guevarra
1346

A Plea to Those Who Dream

Life is beautiful for those who dream big. It is not because they have something to hold onto; it is because they find layers of meaning through the dreams they pursue. It is beautiful not j... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Emel Berberoglu
990

Environment and Values Education

My grandmother did not waste anything; she always repaired our clothes not to waste any of them. My mother follows in her mother’s path; she washes plastic bags and uses them again and again until ... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Alpaslan Sahin
1698

Stem Education and Why It Is Important for Countries’ Global Leadership

STEM, as some of you might know, stands for science, technology, education, and mathematics. STEM education is usually described as, and expected to be, a STEM related subject-teaching approach... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
The Fountain
851

Zawq and ‘Atash (Pleasure and Thirst)

Meaning the feeling of happiness and satisfaction, and enjoyment and amusement, zawq (pleasure) in Sufi terminology is one of the first breezes of Divine manifestation and one of the first gifts tha... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Elizabeth Harmatys Park
963

The Watermelon Towel - Generosity Contentment Anticipation

Back when winter was its deepest and darkest, she would sometimes see it on the shelf when she put the clean laundry away.  It was very bright.  It was very lush.  The smells of hot sunshine, piney... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Hasan Dogan
1003

The Moods of the Heart

In different belief systems and cultures, the heart is associated with deep meanings.  Despite this history, modern medicine has restricted the heart to its physiological structure and brought forw... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Zuleyha B. Ozturk
1011

Beloved Giver

Love exists in forms that diminish with the touch of reality and disintegrate into memories: I would be a liar if I were to accept this as the whole truth, for love is volatile, a liquid... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Fethi Yaman
1114

A History of Science in World Cultures - Interview with Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is professor of physics at the State University of New York, Oswego. His publications include Science in the Medieval World (1991 and 1996) and Sciences of the Ancient Hindus: Unlocking ... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Bayram Kara
1054

Artificial Intelligence and the Singularity of Mankind

Throughout history, human civilization has been mainly agricultural. Today, we supposedly live in the “digital” age. Scientific advancements have never been this rapid – or this dramatic. The ever-a... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Taufik Mohammad
1361

Nature vs. Nurture - Between Being Born With It or Being Taught To Be It

One of the classic questions psychologists have asked regarding human behavior is whether our behaviors are innate or imparted by one’s environment. Both religious and scientific disciplines have c... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
Seth Mette
981

Cafe de Mille et Une Nuit

If you would like to understand the three facets of existence and events, and if you are curious about the condition of the human being who is a conscious witness to the continuous formation, trans... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
The Fountain
993

“Reading” the Meaning of Events and Human Actions

Question: How are the troubles one is facing related with his or her actions? Answer: When a believer experiences some fiascos on the path he walks, faces some allegations and slanders that taint... read more..

Issue 112 (July - August 2016)
The Fountain
1035

A new meaning to the term “bird brain”

A new meaning to the term “bird brain” Olkowicz S. et al. Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. June,... read more..

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