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Volume 6, Number 1
2017
ISSN 2166-9732

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Table of Contents

    Front Cover              0

    Lack of Brain Science: A Threat to Our Posterity banner             1 - 3
    by J. Arden Knoll
    Abstract: As politics becomes more complex, politicians must become more qualified so that they can completely understand the policies they are moving forward. The problem, however, is that many politicians go to school to study political science, and give little attention to other disciplines. The average politician obtains no experience in brain science, other than maybe psychology. Their lack of understanding of brain science will cause, and already has caused, rash decision making that does not support the good of the people. Similar to the case with global warming, the lack of brain science in politics is seen by many politicians as unimportant and they question its relevance. Global warming is currently more prominent and a more common discussion in politics than brain science. While both issues deserve attention, the lack of brain science in politics is of utmost importance, so our posterity will not have to deal with the ramifications.
    Index terms: Brain science, global warming, self gain

    Defusing ISIS: Protracted War or Peaceful Negotiation banner             4 - 6
    by Ranadeep Mitra
    Abstract: The American-waged war on terror has seen a major increase in force in the past decade, even after the withdrawal of American troops in 2011. Our military invasion of the Middle East against ISIS has continued to escalate, but it will not end the war. This paper proposes that a peaceful negotiation might prove to be a more effective strategy than an escalation of violence. By becoming a friend to the members of ISIS, we can diplomatically cripple and deflate the terrorist organization. We have lost many lives and a great deal of resources to the war. Now more than ever, the U.S. government must reevaluate the situation to understand the ineffectiveness of war in resolving differences. History and brain science have shown that the only effective approach to resolving differences between nations is non-violence. Violence only invites violence.
    Index terms: ISIS, violence, wars, peace, negotiation, evolution

    Brain Stories 5: My Overseas-Chinese Neighbors banner             7 - 8
    by Brian N. Huang
    Abstract: Spanning the years of 1949 - 1976, the Chinese government repeatedly told us that two thirds of world population were living in great suffering but we Chinese people all live in great happiness. The Chinese government systematically carried out a plan to export Chinese revolution into those countries that have a considerable Chinese population, such as Indonesia. Being apparent victims of such policies, my overseas-Chinese neighbors never told me how they felt when they were in China. This is their story in the eyes of a child.
    Index terms: Overseas Chinese, Indonesia, Chinese foreign policies, absolute poverty

    The Family Environment: The Most Important Factor on Success banner             10 - 13
    by J. Arden Knoll
    Abstract: As politics becomes more complex, politicians must become more qualified so that they can completely understand the policies they are moving forward. The problem, however, is that many politicians go to school to study political science, and give little attention to other disciplines. The average politician obtains no experience in brain science, other than maybe psychology. Their lack of understanding of brain science will cause, and already has caused, rash decision making that does not support the good of the people. Similar to the case with global warming, the lack of brain science in politics is seen by many politicians as unimportant and they question its relevance. Global warming is currently more prominent and a more common discussion in politics than brain science. While both issues deserve attention, the lack of brain science in politics is of utmost importance, so our posterity will not have to deal with the ramifications.
    Index terms: Brain science, global warming, self gain

    Back Cover              14


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