Why Trust Science?

We should trust scientific results because they are based on empirical evidence and theoretical reasoning that have withstood the critical scrutiny of a diverse community of skeptical experts.
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The Hunting of the Quark

A personal reminiscence about the landmark high-energy electron scattering experiments that half a century ago led to the discovery of quarks and to a deepened appreciation of the role of evidence in establishing what is true.
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Another ‘Stab in the Back’ Myth?

Germany’s Weimar Republic of 1919–1933 has important lessons for U.S. democracy in the current transition from the Trump to Biden presidencies
— especially the “stab-in-the-back” myth that was promulgated by nationalist and Nazi opponents to undermine the republic’s legitimacy in the public eye.
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Have We Just Crippled Washington?

Elections usually clear the air, bring new faces to power, offer the dawn of a new day, a fresh beginning, and an opportunity for political healing — but not this year. The electorate has rendered a split and potentially crippling decision, about to be reflected in a sharply divided government.
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Coronavirus and Community

The national coronavirus epidemic has been having serious adverse impacts on the Orcas Island community, despite the small number of cases experienced in the county, but the toxic individualism that has begun afflicting much of America during this outbreak has fortunately yet to show its ugly face hereabouts.
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The Apocalypse Factory

An excerpt from Seattle author and Orcas Currents lecturer Steve Olson’s new book, The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Bomb, destined to become the definitive history of Hanford nuclear reservation in south-central Washington state.
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