Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The quarterly journal of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Each issue treats a single theme and field, providing a forum for discussion of social and scientific issues in a variety of fields of interest. Authors include scholars, experts from the privat

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 2, Spring

A Note from the Guest Editor
IN THIS ISSUE This issue presents an all-star roster of respected authorities in various specialties in the area of professional ethics; authors were asked to write on the currently pressing issues in their respective fields. The resulting articles...
Back to the Future: Engineering, Computing, and Ethics
A few years ago, Bill Joy, a cofounder of Sun Microsystems and coauthor of the Java software specification, published a controversial article in Wired magazine in which he suggested that certain paths of scientific and technological research -- genetic...
Balance and Context: Maintaining Media Ethics
As this article moves toward publication, most members of the U.N. Security Council are arguing against using force to disarm Iraq. President Bush is claiming not to care about the opposition to a U.S.-let war in Iraq Slate magazine has the likelihood...
Cancer Research. (Letters to the Editor)
I was very much interested in the recent issue of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum ["Cancer Research"]. The articles on cancer were interesting, and I also identified in many ways with the editor's contribution. There were several things missing from the editor's...
Developing a Knowledge Base on Integrity in Research and Scholarship
IT should be obvious that integrity in research is of great importance to the public, to individual researchers and their institutions, and to the health of the research enterprise. The increasing social, economic, and political significance of research...
Ethics for a Post-Enron America
The high-profile scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, and Tyco; among others, combined with the spectacular dissolution of the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, are more than business failures. Numerous and voluminous news reports have revealed...
Got Any More Good Investment Advice? (Forum on Business & Economics)
Never have so many Americans experienced such control over their financial futures, yet felt such a need for help. Investors are running scared, abandoning growth and value strategies, and instead, are putting money into annuities, bonds, and money-market...
Government Ethics: If Only Angels Were to Govern!
If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on Government would be necessary. In framing a Government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the Government to control...
ICI Hall
ICI HALL We sit with hundreds of waiting travelers on the baggage carousel at Charles de Gaulle airport. The power went off hours ago. A young woman -- we both noticed her last night on the plane, her breasts falling from the pink tank top -- crawls...
Keeping Secrets. (Forum on Science & Technology)
In the summer of 2002, a group of 31,252 computer enthusiasts (aka, computer geeks) completed a quest that had occupied them for almost five years. Their actual labor was small, considering that their computers did most of the work, but theirs was...
Lawyers' Ethics in a Post-Enron World
The ethical issues that shot their way to the forefront for lawyers in 2002 all came from the mouth of the huge corporate cannon, Enron. As the popular press denounced accountants, executives, and boards of directors, private litigators and the federal...
New Challenges in Bioethics: Medicine, Technology, and Justice
All of us, as citizens and as family members, face striking challenges posed by the intersection of medicine, health care, and biotechnology. This is not news. What may be less well understood is that a broad range of professions will be called upon...
Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron. (Book Reviews)
ROBERT BRYCE. Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron. New York: Public Affairs 2002. 394 pages. $27.50. What more appropriate book to review in an issue on professional ethics than the story of the corruption and downfall of Enron? In Pipe...
Security in the Schoolhouse: Fire Drill at 10:15. (Forum on Education & Academics)
At my school, we still have fire drills, but our real concerns are about student abduction by noncustodial parents or invasion by an armed attacker. While increased vigilance at the front office is our first line of security, secretarial eyesight is...
The Beatles as Musical Experimentalists. (Forum on the Arts)
What is it about the Beatles that still fascinates and captivates many of us? Surely even the surviving Beatles were surprised when their collection of number-one hits, Beatles 1, was one of the biggest-selling albums of 2000 -- thirty years after...
The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni. (Book Reviews)
CARLO CELLI. The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni. Lanham, Maryland, and London: The Scarecrow Press, 2001. 175 pages. $32.50. Carlo Celli offers English-language readers the first important monographic introduction to the cinematic art...