Pseudoscience and the Battle over Global Warming
David Thomas, $14/2 sessions
11 & 18, 10 am 12N
The first of these two lectures will examine what makes
science unique among human endeavors. While political, religious and legal
arguments all involve making one's case by cherry-picking facts,science proceeds by cherry-picking those hypotheses that
best explain all facts. We will consider the role of scientific
consensus and peer review, Cargo Cult science, cognitive illusions and more. At
the second meeting, we will consider how these concepts apply to climate change
and global warming. Why is carbon dioxide more worrisome than other greenhouse
gases? How can we tell man-made warming from natural climate change? Has the Climategate
scandal really disproved global warming?
Has science found human-caused global warming to be real, or do we need
Dave Thomas has a B.S. in physics and an
M.S. in mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He is a
software scientist and also teaches psychology and physics at New Mexico Tech.
He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, publishers of Skeptical Inquirer. Dave has numerous
publications and television appearances to his credit, and is president of New
Mexicans for Science and Reason.
to download the slides from the March 18
lecture on Global Warming.