National Forum

Covers a wide range of topics including those of education, business, international affairs, and multicultural issues in an effort to provide documentation for professional research and development.

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 1, Winter

Book Reviews -- Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker
ROBERT T. BAKKER. Raptor Red. New York: Bantam Books, 1995. 246 pages. $21.95.When I first heard that Robert Bakker, world-renowned and sometimes controversial paleontologist, had written a work of fiction in which the main characters were dinosaurs,...
Book Reviews -- Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia by Steven M. Cahn
STEVEN M. CAHN. Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia. Boston: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1994. 109 pages. $12.95.Freedom of inquiry, freedom of discussion, and freedom of teaching--without these a university cannot exist. --Robert Maynard...
"Cavemen Used Music like Phones"
When I learned that the theme for this issue was "Origins," my typical academic's response was to immediately consult the Historical Anthology of Music. Volume One of the anthology boasts of the inclusion of musical examples "from the beginning" through...
Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket]
Suppose you have worked hard, saved, and now have a nice nest egg. How should you invest your accumulated wealth? The old adage, "Don't put all your eggs in one basket," gives some helpful advice, but it does not take you very far. How do you decide...
Genesis: The Origin of the Universe
It took time, observational evidence, and careful verification of predictions made by the Big Bang model to convince the scientific community to accept the idea of a cosmic genesis. Not only did the Big Bang model seem to give in to the Judeo-Christian...
Human Origins
Paleoanthropology, the study of human origins, is of intense interest to us because it deals with the subject of where we came from and how we got here. For thousands of years every society devised its own particular creation myth to explain human origins....
Language Origins
The question of language origins may be construed in two quite different ways that are, unfortunately, often confused. On the one hand we may speak of the origin of the language capacity, that is, the universal human capacity to learn and use the language...
Origins of Science
When perusing a science textbook, one can easily envision science as a body of knowledge. But more than knowledge, science is a process in that people "do" science. Scientists work according to a specific method of inquiry, a method that invites participants...
The Origin of Romantic Love and Human Family Life
"This whirlwind, this delirium of eros," wrote poet Robert Lowell. Poems, songs, novels, operas, plays, films, sculptures, and paintings have all portrayed romantic love in a variety of Western cultures for centuries. The love story of Isis and Osiris...
Very like a Whale: The Dangers of Data Worship
Like most readers, I am regularly deluged with interesting statistics, both trivial and profound, for which I can find little use. The local press reports, for example, that Bill Gates has an annual income equal to the combined earnings of two-thirds...