As a scientist studying earthquake deformation, Professor Burgmann is invariably asked if earthquakes can be predicted. The short answer continues to be "No." In this seminar the (few) successes and (many) challenges to earthquake prediction will be explored. The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith by David Ulin will be used as a guide through the scientific and non-scientific aspects of the topic. Some of the topics mentioned in the book will be explored more deeply by reading related research papers and seeking dialogue with some of the scientists featured in the book.

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