Matter & Beyond Essay Contest Invites College Students to Ponder Great Questions, Win $2000!

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Matter and Beyond Essay Contest issues a call to action for budding philosophers. College students around the world will have a chance to express their philosophical views and win up to $2,000. The contest deadline is June 15, 2009 and the winner will be announced on the Fountain Magazine Web site on July 15, 2009. A total of $5,500 in cash prizes will be awarded.

College students around the world will have a chance to express their philosophical views and win up to $2,000 in the Matter and Beyond Essay Contest sponsored by Ebru Television and Fountain Magazine. Students are encouraged to explore topics in the area of social sciences, religious studies, philosophy, and arts and culture. The contest deadline is June 15, 2009 and the winner will be announced on the Fountain Magazine Web site on July 15, 2009. A total of $5,500 in cash prizes will be awarded.

The contest is inspired and co-sponsored by Ebru Television's new program, Matter & Beyond, a 26-minute documentary style program that explores topics at the intersection of science and spirituality, and Fountain Magazine, a publication dedicated to scientific and spiritual thought.

What do we value most in this life? What constitutes genuine wealth? What conditions or circumstances are likely to prompt a transformation of consciousness? Is the mind or spirit separate and distinct from the body? What is the relationship between our spiritual beliefs and our treatment of the environment? What are the limits of our knowledge? These are just a few of the countless questions and topics that students could address in their essays that have been explored on Matter & Beyond.

The purpose of the contest is to encourage young people to think about the complex philosophical and ethical issues that face our world today. The contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. The length of the essay is limited to 1500 to 2500 words. Submissions will be made online at the Fountain Magazine Web site: http://www.fountainmagazine.com/essaycontest

There will be a total of six prizes that will include a $2000 grand prize; $1500 second prize; $1000 third prize, and two $500 honorable mention awards. The essays will be evaluated based on the analysis and accuracy of data; innovation and creativity; relevance to the contest theme and writing style and structure.

Matter & Beyond features interviews with some of the most fascinating thinkers on the planet today, and explores provocative subjects that include: sound and healing, spiritual capital, spirituality and ecology, the limits of knowledge, transformation of consciousness, bio-ethics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, astronomy, and much more.

Mustafa Tabanli, Ph.D., an atomic physicist, was inspired to develop the program as he became more intrigued with the questions beyond the limitations of pure science. "Science can tell us what we can do, but ethical questioning can help us decide what we should do," said Dr. Tabanli.

Matter & Beyond also explores issues at the forefront of scientific discovery such as the potential for the indefinite extension of human life, cloning, the development of artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering. "Every individual needs to think about these issues in order to make more informed personal decisions and have a voice with regard to new policies and legislation that will be required," said MaryLynn Schiavi, Matter & Beyond associate producer, writer and host.

"This is truly an exciting but pivotal time in human history. The decisions we make now could change our existence in profound ways and forever alter human life. We need to make conscious and deliberate choices now more than ever," said Schiavi.

Established in 1993, Fountain Magazine is dedicated to the search for a meaningful interpretation of existence based upon an appreciation of both the spiritual and the scientific. "Our purpose is to promote a better understanding of human nature and the universe. The Fountain seeks to cover many aspects of humanity including the philosophical, artistic, scientific and spiritual," said Huseyin Senturk, Ph.D., Director of Publications for The Light Inc., the magazine's publisher.

Ebru Television was established three years ago. Its mission is to develop programming that will educate, inspire and foster intercultural understanding. Based in Somerset, New Jersey, Ebru Television is a subsidiary of Samanyalou Television based in Istanbul, Turkey. For more information, visit: http://www.ebru.tv

Matter & Beyond is currently aired on satellite around the world and on the Ebru Television Web site. Plans for licensing are in the works with major television distributors. To view the programs, go to: http://www.ebru.tv/en/p.fullepisode.html?prg=Matter%20And%20Beyond

To view a 3-minute promo of Matter & Beyond, go to: http://www.everestpro.com/en/Projects/promos/matter_and_beyond.html

Press contact: MaryLynn Schiavi, (908) 256-5787

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