It is customary in these parting words of the outgoing President to reflect on issues of current interest to our science and to SSA. To deviate only slightly from this tradition, I want to explore an issue of interest to me. It is not one of science but rather an issue of the “culture” of the seismologist. By “culture” I mean as used in the work of the social or anthropological sciences. While I have no training or experience in social science, I won't let that stop me from speaking authoritatively, using and misusing their terms to examine the relationships...

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