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. 89, No. 1, Spring

Calculating the Spread of Technology; Some Theories Diagnose Proliferation like a Disease; Others Treat the Causes Behind the Buildup
Technology, we all know, improves productivity--at home and in the workplace--and makes for healthier, longer, and more convenient lives. So, exactly where does it spring from and how does it diffuse within and across economies? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Campus Members and Neighbors Share a "Common Experience"; San Diego State University Calls 2009 the Year of "Darwin's Voyage, Humanity's Journey"
Three years ago, San Diego State University launched a sustained, intentional conversation dubbed the "Common Experience." The goal of this type of dialogical voyage was to promote a sense of intellectual connection across the campus and into the community....
Editor's Note
A theme that unites this spring 2009 issue of Phi Kappa Phi Forum is the notion of transformation - of birth and rebirth, of examination and reexamination, of conception and reconception. Starting with beginnings is intentional, not coincidental. ...
Envisioning Origins: An Artful Look at Our Formation
Of the perennial themes in art, the body ranks among the most enduring. Whether depicted as Cycladic figurines or manipulated in contemporary performance art, the human form offers a direct means of expression across cultures. It seems we humans have...
Evolution Is a Theory ... and That Is Saying a Lot: Know Your Terms When Pursuing Science
"I have a theory," is a statement that most people have made at one time or another as they postulate, at best, their educated guess or, at worst, their hunch. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To the scientist, however, a theory has a definition different...
For Some Athletes, the Name of the Game Is Telling a Good Story; the Autobiographies of Sports Stars Reveal Much More Than Play-by-Play Commentary
Sports autobiographies often are dismissed on the grounds that they usually are written by someone other than the athlete. NBA star Charles Barkley, for example, complained of being misquoted in his autobiography but admitted, "That was my fault. I...
How to Land a Job in an Economic Downturn; Work Hard at Making Yourself Seem like the Perfect Fit for the Opening
One of your first steps in landing a job, especially in a recession, is identifying what strengths you have that can benefit your potential employer. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] No matter your education, age, income or employment history, you had...
Morality and the Irrationality of an Evolutionary Worldview
Morality is a very difficult problem for the evolutionary worldview. This is not to say that evolutionists are somehow less moral than biblical creationists--or anyone else. Most evolutionists adhere to a moral code and believe in the concept of right...
Opt to Take an Active Role in Your Child's Education; Concerned about What Is Taught in the Classroom? Then Get Involved
Many people are not aware that the No Child Left Behind Act empowers parents to inspect schoolbooks and other classroom materials, and that most local school board policies allow parents to opt their children out of K-12 public-school curriculum that...
Phi Kappa Phi Continues to Grow Its Garden, Thanks to a Generous Donor
Phi Kappa Phi enhanced the grounds of its national headquarters in November 2008 with the addition of the Wolfe Gardens, a 2,500 square-foot spread that includes annuals and perennials and other greenery. The undertaking was made possible by the largesse...
Phi Kappa Phi Matches Mentors with Mentees
Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Albom. Red Holtzman and Phil Jackson. Professor Dumbledore and Harry Potter. Howard Zinn and Marian Wright Edelman. Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller. You and ...? The first name in each...
Study Up on How to Teach in a Data-Driven Classroom: Schools Need to Let Classroom Educators, Not outside Experts and Universal Tests, Figure out What's Best for Students
In today's classrooms, teachers are expected to base many of their lessons on data that indicate the learning each student still needs to master. Expectations for data-driven teaching begin early in the fall and culminate each spring when public school...
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
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Tony Hillerman
TONY HILLERMAN (University of New Mexico), 83, the acclaimed Navajo mystery novelist, "blazed innovative trails in the American detective story," according to a New York Times obituary. He wrote 18 detective stories set on Southwest Indian reservations,...
Tripping the Light Fantastic in the Profoundest of Ways; Wherever Dance Comes from, It Has Attempted to Explain How Existence Got Started
Though ancient cave paintings, archeological artifacts and temple reliefs suggest that humans danced as early as 12,000 B.C., we have no conclusive way of knowing how, when or why dance came into being. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Western dance historians...
When Evolution and Creationism Are on the American Docket, the Verdict Winds Up Far from Unanimous; the Appropriateness of the Subjects in the Classroom Has Fueled an Ongoing Legal Battle in Our Country for Generations
The American dilemma over church-state issues and the more specific quandary over the role of evolution in public education are reflected in the crucible of the courts. The story starts with the legal equivalent of the Bible: the Constitution. The...
Why Evolution Is the Organizing Principle for Biology; Born 200 Years Ago, Charles Darwin Put Humankind in the Thick of the Biological World
It is commonly accepted that when Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, (1) he did for humankind what Copernicus did for the earth when the astronomer published De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial...