The obscene conflation of fiction and reality - it has terribly disconnected people from an awareness and "appreciation" for this planet we depend on for everything, and it's going to bite us. Those who intend to get through need to get to understand these tactics. (10:25am 11/15/15)
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Oh dear, I though climate science contrarian types loath appeals to authority? Aren't you forgetting this is about misrepresenting important climate science for political motives?
Provoking social commentary is supposed to be a constructive act, and it's one thing to challenge with provocative ideas, but provoking fraud is quite another matter!
- How was Michael Crichton able to take the same data that climate scientists use and come to the conclusion that global warming isn't a real threat?
- State of Fear uses graphs that don't show a warming trend. How can specific locations show cooling if global warming is happening?
- What is the "urban heat island effect" and is it contributing to warming?
- Crichton argues that C02 in the atmosphere is not closely correlated with warming trends. So why is C02 blamed as a greenhouse gas?
- Several times Crichton notes that glaciers are expanding not retreating. Is this accurate or only part of the story?
- Michael Crichton says we can't predict the future. Does this preclude our taking steps to reduce heat trapping gas emissions?
- Why do we have to act now to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels?
RealClimate.org - December 13, 2004
Return of the Science
RealClimate.org - 12/15/2004
No longer are models judged by how well they reproduce data from the real world-increasingly, models provide the data. As if they were themselves a reality
Nobody believes a weather prediction twelve hours ahead. Now we’re asked to believe a prediction that goes out 100 years into the future? ...
Certainly the increased use of computer models, such as GCMs, cries out for the separation of those who make the models from those who verify them which we again find puzzling.
I recall that a few political pundits commented on this surprising statement after the 2012 debate, noting that Galileo was presenting a new scientific theory/model which directly opposed a rigid, theologically entrenched, human-centric, model of the universe. One could write an entire thesis on this ironic utterance, but suffice to say, that Powell, thankfully, restores this historical allusion to Galileo to its proper scientific context.
... brings us up to date through some two centuries of climate science —
Over the course of several chapters, Powell introduces us to the many names, organizations and artifacts behind the climate denialist movement ...
In reading Powell’s book, one quickly and increasingly grows aware of how extensive (and well-financed) is the campaign to discredit mainstream climate science and the researchers who engage in it ...
Rather than clarity and educating about a critically important matter, Crichton was all about adding to the confusion and doing so for personal profit.
Do you have any examples of this critical thinking related to climate science?
By Bryan Curtis - Slate - December 2004
"... For Crichton's fans, this has got to be heartbreaking: The boy-novelist who engineered a tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park and mysterious pathogens from outer space in The Andromeda Strain has become a political pamphleteer, a right-wing noodge. ..."
But alas, so it goes.