Monthly Archives: December 2012

Year in Review

by Judith Curry

The end of year provides an opportunity to reflect on significant events of the past year.

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Can we avoid fooling ourselves?

by Judith Curry

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. – Richard Feynman

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How might intellectual humility lead to scientific insight?

by Judith Curry

Philosophers known as “virtue epistemologists” claim that the goods of the intellectual life—knowledge, wisdom, understanding, etc.—are more easily obtained by persons possessing mature traits of intellectual character, such as open-mindedness, teachability, and intellectual courage, than by persons who lack these virtues or who are marked by their opposing vices.  – Jay Wood

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Cli-Fi

by Judith Curry

There is a fledgling new genre in fiction.

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The Goldilocks Principle

by Judith Curry

On what we can learn from Goldilocks and The Three Bears regarding our perceptions of climate, climate science, communication and policy.

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Open thread weekend

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce some new topics for discussion.

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Never look a polar bear in the eye

by Judith Curry

Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear. But what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us? – Zac Unger

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20th century mean global sea level rise

by Judith Curry

On the acceleration of sea level rise, the Gilligan effect, and the garbage solution.

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Climate sensitivity in the AR5 SOD

by Judith Curry

By far the most important debate about climate change is taking place among scientists, on the issue of climate sensitivity: How much warming will a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide actually produce?  – Matt Ridley

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Limits(?) of green energy: is the Earth f_ked?

by Judith Curry

Whether the benefits of alternative energy outweigh its drawbacks depends on the policy context. – Ed Dolan

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Week in review 12/15/12

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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Stratospheric uncertainty

by Judith Curry

The new data call into question our understanding of observed stratospheric temperature trends and our ability to test simulations of the stratospheric response to emissions of greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances. - Thompson et al.

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Week in review 12/8/12

by  Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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AGU highlights

by Judith Curry

This week I am at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

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Multidecadal climate to within a millikelvin

by Vaughan Pratt

The title of this post is taken from my AGU Fall Meeting poster presentation on the afternoon of Tuesday Dec. 4 (tomorrow).

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Open thread weekend

by Judith Curry

It’s your turn to introduce some new topics for discussion

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