This is the forth in a series debating Will H. who I met at ClimateDepot. Here I look at the closing sentence of his comment featured in part 3 of our dialogue.
You/we/me need to devote serious time to studying climate fundamentals in order to intellectually understand our global heat and moisture distribution engine and its various components along with the cascading consequences of altering those components.
I myself like sitting back and waiting for the experts to figure it out and am happy when my intuition is occasionally correct. Given I've been at this since the early 1970s, I've watched mistakes and frauds and the self-correcting process of science in action. I've listened to a lot of scientists talking about their craft - I appreciate that healthy-skepticism and internal scientific cross-checks are working just fine, astoundingly well when compared with the Republican sphere of responsibility and what we're witnessing there.
Thing is, if you don't take the time to understand what climate models are all about, and what the scientists are learning from them, then your opinion is worthless. Here again, it takes hours of serious reading and thinking to get a grasp of the outlines.
We often hear from climate deniers that the science of global warming is based on computer models. This is untrue.
Models are used to help better understand our global system, but the science itself is merely textbook physics, and observations of the 4 billion year history of the earth itself.
Still, there are very telling "fingerprints" of human caused warming that models showed us long before they were actually observed in the wild. Now we are living in the world that those models revealed to us decades ago.