Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Imagine. Create. Print

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Imagine. Create. Print

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"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."

--George Bernard Shaw

In the 1950s, C.S. Lewis created Narnia from imagination and a typewriter and reached an audience of millions. A decade following the Chronicles, millions more moved at warp speed to "boldly go," imaginatively traveling our universe in a future where one need only push a button to "replicate" an intended object.

Still in its infancy, 3-D printing has begun to make good on the vision of replication as promised in the original Star Trek series, creating new opportunities in diverse fields, from art to warfare and education to medicine. As one striking example, an Associated Press article (April 30, 2015) reported that 3-D printing "turned powdered plastic into tiny devices that saved the lives of three baby boys by holding open defective airways so they could breathe--and the implants even expanded as the tots grew." Powered by imagination, who knows what is yet to come?

Christopher Frost (former Western regional representative on the national level and former San Diego State University chapter president) has taken photographs for 30 years, publishing them in quarterly editions of Texas Books in Review, in his scholarly book, Moral Cruelty: Ameaning and the Justification of Harm (University Press of America, 2004), on various humanitarian websites and for campus purposes and campus art exhibitions. …

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