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Topic: Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the University
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Greg Goodknight

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Re: Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the University
Posted: Jun 14, 2013 5:52 PM
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On 06/13/2013 03:25 PM, Richard Hake wrote:
> Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the Universi
> Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post
> "Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the University" [Hake
> (2013)]. The abstract reads:

I think it's clear that many universities have already been pushing this
as hard as can be, and that in the US, Democrats in elected office from
competitive areas are shying away from the issue because the partisan
voters on their side aren't all that excited about it, and the
independents and GOP voters are hostile.

It isn't looking good for the IPCC vision. Here's one reason why, graphs
by John Christy of the University of Alabama at Huntsville:

Learned and pithy comments that seem appropriate to me are:

"One clean experiment is worth a thousand dirty equations", J.Arthur
Campbell, founding Dean of Faculty and founding chair of the chemistry
department at Harvey Mudd College,


"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how
smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong.",
Richard Feynman.


PS I often don't follow links from services that provide information
about use of those links. Might you send your article, free of bitly
links, directly?

> **************************************
> ABSTRACT: ASSESS subscribers (a) Larry King at <>
> & <>, and (b) Mike Fulford at
> <> questioned the *relevancy to assessment in
> higher education* of my posts "Senator Sheldon Whitehouse - Time to
> Wake Up: GOP Opposition to Climate Science" at
> <> and "Why Democrats in Congress Fail To
> Support Climate Change Legislation #3" at <>.
> *Irrelevant to assessment in higher education*? King and Fulford may
> have missed my post "Would a Carbon Tax Save Life on Planet Earth?" at
> <>. If there's no life on Planet Earth then
> *there's neither higher education nor assessment on Planet Earth*.
> Karl Pister, Emeritus Chancellor of UC - Santa Cruz, wrote at
> <>: ". . . we need to encourage innovative ways
> of looking at problems, moving away from the increasing specialization
> of academia to develop new interdisciplinary fields that can address
> *complex real-world problems* from new perspectives."
> Surely the assessment of the alleged threat to life on Planet Earth by
> anthropogenic global warming is *A Challenge To The University* rather
> than the *Irrelevancy* seen by King and Fulford.
> *******************************************
> To access the complete 8 kB post please click on
> Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
> Links to Articles: <>
> Links to Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs: <>
> Academia: <>
> Blog: <>
> GooglePlus: <>
> Google Scholar: <>
> Twitter: <>
> Facebook: <>
> LinkedIn: <>
> "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being
> governed by those who are dumber."
> - Worthy of - but misattributed to - Plato
> (427-347 BC)
> REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 13
> June 2013.]
> Hake, R.R. 2013. "Assessment of Climate Change: A Challenge for the
> University," online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at
> <>. Post of 13 Jun 2013 10:47:32-0700 to AERA-L
> and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being
> distributed to various discussion lists and are on my blog
> "Hake'sEdStuff" at <>.

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