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7:00 pm

Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
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We look forward to another wonderful reading with representative authors from the lastest edition of the Windfall Journal. Reading this evening will be Christine Colasurdo, Kari Easton, David Filer, and Elizabeth McLagan, along with co-editors Bill Siverly and Michael McDowell.

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Neal Stephenson

June 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
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Neal Stephenson, bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon, returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller – Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick – that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell (William Morrow) is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In his exhilarating new epic, Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.

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7:30 pm

The Scientific Attitude

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97209
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Attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn't settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians' rhetorical repertoire. Defenders of science often point to its discoveries (penicillin! relativity!) without explaining exactly why scientific claims are superior. In The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science From Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience (MIT), Lee McIntyre argues that what distinguishes science from its rivals is what he calls “the scientific attitude” – caring about evidence and being willing to change theories on the basis of new evidence. The history of science is littered with theories that were scientific but turned out to be wrong; the scientific attitude reveals why…

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