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Outside the Classroom

With school starting around much of the world, it’s an interesting time to examine education – what it is, how we educate, and how we really learn.

In response to these questions, Salon posted an interesting, engaging article recently entitled “School is a Prison.” It claimed that the current model of schooling – which can be classified as “memorizing and testing” – is an outdated relic, and actually hinders children’s natural curiosity.

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What is Next for Smartphones

Although it has been two decades since the first introduction of smartphones, there are already 1.5 billion smartphone users in the world out of 5 billion mobile phone users. Smartphones are changing every year, and becoming smarter and better with new sensors, powerful chips, and new capabilities. Newspapers and websites often start discussing rumors about an upcoming smartphone several months before its launch.

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 Violence Is Not Human

Violence is not human. Yet, we are weak enough to resort to violence. Human being is to be loved. Yet, we are not strong enough to show our love to others. We at The Fountain are deeply hurt by the recent atrocities in Kenya, Pakistan, and other parts of the world. We condemn all sorts of violence, especially when perpetrators think they serve God and their religion in this way. We believe while their actions are most fatal for innocent lives, they also betray the true essence and core principles of faith and universal human values. We hereby endorse Fethullah Gulen’s condemnation and extend our heartfelt condolences to families for their loss:

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Strength Through Diplomacy

In the wake of the – very tentative – Syrian weapons deal between Russia and the United States, a rash of essays and editorials have run wondering what this means for US influence, both in the Middle East and the rest of the world. Some articles have claimed that this deal, which re-asserts Russia as an influence in the region, marks the end of American might.

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Strength Through Diplomacy

"My mother wouldn't let me watch Gone with the Wind even if my life depended on it," my neighbor reminisces. We are taking a walk around the lake in our neighborhood. I am pushing a stroller where my son is soundly asleep. She is walking her dog. Her lively gait conceals her sixty five years. I love listening to her talk about her life, past and present. She is my little window into the insides of America. I am the foreigner who has just landed and is trying to makes sense of too many things at the same time.

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Conversations on Life, Knowledge, and Belief

November 5-7, 2013, Istanbul

During the first week of November 2013, nearly twenty scholars and thinkers gathered in Istanbul to celebrate The Fountain's 20th anniversary with the conference, "Conversations on Life, Knowledge, and Belief: Sipping from the Fountain of Hizmet."

Over three days, in beautiful venues all over Istanbul, the attendees engaged in invigorating, lively discussions about issues of interfaith dialogue, the role religion plays in cultivating peace, and the ways that science and religion can work together, instead of in opposition.

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