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ISSN  Print 0040-9440
ISSN Online 2330-9261

  Fall 2020
Volume 94, Issue 1

   Articles for the Fall 2020 Issue
  1. The Rapid Adoption of Artificial Intelligence: How AI is Changing Society and Culture: The Paxton Award Winner 2020
    by Eric Davis 
      The capability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is exploding. Machines are becoming smarter, faster, and better than humans at a rapidly growing number of tasks. The rapidity at which this new industrial revolution is occurring across the entirety of human society is resulting in skewed wealth accumulation and lasting consequences to national security and democracy. A visual presentation of the Paxton paper can be found here.
  2. The Multitudes of "What-if"
    by Anthony Anderson
      Gene Roddenberry sold Star Trek: The Original Series to NBC by painting the show as "a western in space."  But the show really had nothing to do with outer space.  What was shown in episode after episode was a future with advanced sensibility and the commmon goal to work for the good of all.
  3. Book Censorship and its Effects on Schools
    by Daniel Thomas
      Disputes between censors and free speech advocates are always personal. This {article} is one teacher's observations of what was taught and challenged in a high school English department, and what, according to the surrounding community, should have been taught.
  4. The Story of Akron's Rubber Plantations
    by Joseph C. Huber, Jr. 
      The key material in the physics most familiar to all, the material most critical to modern life, is rubber. The expression "rubber meeting the road" is our shorthand for getting down to any task of real work, even if we don’t think about the actual physics of rubber and roads till tires skid. Crude or tree rubber for pneumatic tires made possible the automotive era and life today. Over a century of unparalleled improvements in human living conditions were built on crude rubber, which continues to provide essential transportation and other vital elements.  The author describes his family's involvement in the history of rubber panations.
  5. The Trail of Tears
    by Danny J. Krebs
      The author introduces his family's experience of the Indian removals in the southwest as follows: When I was eleven, my grandmother Krebs asked me who my favorite President was. Since I had recently heard Johnny Horton's song about the Battle of New Orleans, I answered Andrew Jackson. To my grandmother, who had loved and married a quarter-blood Choctaw Indian, this was absolutely the wrong answer. This paper will attempt to present the facts of the Indian removals of the southeastern tribes to present-day Oklahoma and concludes with information about the lives of my mixed-blood ancestors.
  6. The Worm in the Apple: Or Was It a Pear?
    by Larry M. Doerr, M.Div
      Sin is not a popular notion or subject today, at least in the corridors of mostly lib­eral and secular society where the author walks most of the time. The church and denomination the author and family attend find the idea much too gloomy and negative - it doesn't help people "feel good" - it is lacking in positive think­ing.  But sin is more than an act, or the accumulation of acts. It is rather a description of the human condition, the con­dition which we experience and ask of it how can it be better?  This is an on-line bonus article from 1997 and elaborates the concept of sin as discussed by Moy, below. 
  7. The Circumvented Endowment by our Creator: Evil
    by Roland F. Moy
      The currently popular highly negative expectations about the usefulness of government policy are matched with highly optimistic views about human nature in the marketplace. As a basis of policy, this logic circumvents the endowment we received from our Creator concurrently with the liberty or right to make choices in the private sector: our unlimited capacity for evil. Such dogmatic circumventing assertions, along with the conservative ideological language about expanding restraints on government, provide a conceptual framework that ill serves the need, first, to understand and explain our shared reality, and second, to develop rational strategies to move towards a sustainable and just American future. 

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