4/29/2015

Making sense of Climate Science

A course at Kumbasi´s prestigious “Lord Greystoke Institute”, brought to you by the Ministry of Sciency of the Republic of Waziria.

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About this course

In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic.  Politicians and the media like to repeat that 97% of climate scientists think humans are causing some global warming. But as Christopher Monckton of Brenchley wrote, “That is the argumentum ad verecundiam, or appeal-to-authority fallacy”.

Why is there a  significant gap between the  public perception and reality?

Public perception can be driven by photos like
 this (Houston after  hurricane Allison in 2001)

Reality is more like this (Houston when
 there´s no hurricane weather)

What are the psychological and social drivers of the drive by a (mostly left wing) activist crowd to tout an ill-defined “scientific consensus”?

Why did they create the term  “climate denial”?

This course examines the science of climate science hysteria and propaganda techniques. It helps you discern the tricks of the trade, understand the spooky graphs (such as the one used by Michael Mann in “False Hope”, his Scientific American article, or his famous hockey stick graph).

We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming is accelerating” to “global warming in the last 50 years is caused 100 % by humanity” to “the climate change caused by humanity, to date, is bad”.

We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models have difficulties predicting the future climate.

Climate Models have difficulties predicting the climate


You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science by hysteria mongering political scientists and nutty psychologists.

With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.

What you'll learn

How to recognise the social and psychological drivers of climate hysteria hype.

Climate hysteria hype generator in action

How to better understand climate change: the evidence that it is happening, that humans are causing some of  it, but that some of it is natural,  and the potential impacts, which are positive thus far but could turn out to be bad in the far future.

How to identify the techniques and fallacies that well known climate myth generators, employ to distort climate science.

How to effectively debunk climate misinformation, answer Michael Mann´s Twitter, and engage in funny discussions with the likes of E. Rabbet, The Stoat, Sou, Scruffy Dan, and the Climate Ignopedists at Skeptical Science.


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