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Why We Disagree About Climate Change Understanding Controversy Inaction and OpportunityClimate change is not 'a problem' waiting for 'a solution' It is an environmental cultural and political phenomenon which is re shaping the way we think about ourselves our societies and humanity's place on Earth Drawing upon twenty five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist. Why I Disagree about “Post Normal” Science Is scientific method the only way we can understand the climate change issue Or do we also need the help of idealistic and spiritual thinking This book written by a climate scientist comes up with a few surprising and dubious answersThe author like most informed scientists thinks that climate change will have a significant negative impact with the uncertainty only about how much If you personally have some doubts remember for a moment that is what the author believes Now consider the great revelation of this book “Climate change is not a problem it is an opportunity to alter the way we arrive at and achieve our personal aspirations and our collective social goals”There are two ways to interpret this statement The first that may come to mind is This is an opportunity to force our collectivist social ideology onto society using the pretext of a climate crisis as in Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything Capitalism vs The Climate After reading the book I think the author inclines toward something a little different that I will paraphrase as A drought that kills millions in Africa will inspire some of us in the affluent West to rethink our materialistic ways After the Age of Auarius dawns and we have achieved our personal aspirations then maybe we can get around to doing something about the climateA third option might be that studying the climate change issue can give us insight into how science works and how different people in society react to it That was my hope but I was disappointed The thesis of this book is profoundly offensive There is nothing good about a problem that might do us harm unless you hate humanityPerhaps the root of the problem can be seen in his discussion on the nature of scientific knowledge He prefers to lift his ideas from modern philosophers rather than tell us about his personal experience as a working scientist which does not make for productive readingHe helpfully starts with the fundamental uestion of the nature of reality Positivism holds that reality is independent of human consciousness and is external material and objective Constructivism claims reality is subjective and truth is a construction that is located within our own personal experience In plain language one is science and the other is fantasy believing what you want to believe The confusion comes from the fact that of course science is done by fallible people who perceive the world through their preconceptions The point of scientific method is to overcome these biases to arrive at an ever improving approximation of the truth The point of constructivism is the kind of self indulgence this book is guilty ofOur author does not see it that way saying “It is no longer possible to see scientific knowledge as the neutral outcome of a steadily advancing pursuit of an objective and universal truth” He cites Thomas Kuhn’s work on scientific revolutions as evidence In fact Kuhn showed that science advances at an uneven rate individual scientists can be resistant to change and science as a whole would advance uickly if every scientist were perfectly rational The existence of imperfect scientists does not invalidate the concept of an objective and universal truthHe is setting up the demise of so called Normal Science defined as “skepticism universalism communalism and disinterestedness” I assume that “communalism” here means there is a single rea

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E change In this way he shows that climate change far from being simply an 'issue' or a 'threat' can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our liv. so I started reading this book as it was recommended by a friend to be a good explanation of how humans caused global warming Previously I had read Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years that made a pretty good case for the global warming is not man made Unstoppable Global warming Every 1500 Years was stuffed with scientific studies conducted by respected scientists prestigious prize winners from elite universities So far not impressed with this book though It's begun with a lengthy and as far as I can tell pointless discussion of the definition of climate including things like how historically various cultures have felt about the concept of climate or is climate really a sentient being like mother Gaia Also I can't help but be wary the author is about to pull one of the philosopher's tricks where they spit out some conclusion that by normal peoples' definitions sounds like they reached some exciting revelation but when you find out they redefined the terms actually means nothing like saying you can lose weight while still eating all the chocolate you want then finding out they defined eating chocolate as staring at pictures of chocolate but never ingesting any

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READ Ò Why We Disagree About Climate Change Understanding Controversy Inaction and Opportunity ↠ Climate change is not 'a problem' waiting for 'a solution' It is an environmental cultural and political phenomenon which is re shaping the way we think about ourselves our societies and humAnd public commentator Mike Hulme provides a uniue insider's account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood He uses different standpoints from science economics faith psychology communication sociology politics and development to explain why we disagree about climat. Read for class Reads like a cultural studies textbook than a non fiction book Especially since it is broken into sub chapters 11 12 13 etc I the the Hulme had uite a lot to say about the topic of climate change without talking much about the actual problems associated with climate change That is a bit of a relief because I feel like I could recite a list of 1000 things 45 because it felt too long at times