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Steven Tucker profile image
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2/10 starsTaking Now
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5 years, 2 months ago
Yes, what an utterly bizzare thing. I wanted to learn about climate change science. This course is about how to convince people of a thing you are certain about while assuming they are wrong, even though y... Yes, what an utterly bizzare thing. I wanted to learn about climate change science. This course is about how to convince people of a thing you are certain about while assuming they are wrong, even though you do not really understand the thing yourself. It seems more like an evangelizing seminar than anyting related to science...I guess if your job is debating science you don't understand, good for you. I just want to learn the facts, not be convinced without them.
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Karen Elias

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
This course has given me, first, an enormous respect for climate science. A quick look at the research on Google Scholar is enough to convince anyone that climate science is ongoing, robust, and multi-facete... This course has given me, first, an enormous respect for climate science. A quick look at the research on Google Scholar is enough to convince anyone that climate science is ongoing, robust, and multi-faceted, and the course did an excellent job of covering the territory, giving us an understanding of both its scope and its depth. I am also extremely impressed that the course instructors were able to present this material with such clarity, including relevant details always in the context of the larger picture -- and further research was routinely recommended in case we might want to pursue specific questions on our own. The course also did an excellent job of modeling the fact/myth/fallacy structure from the very beginning so that, by the time we were asked to make use of it on our own, we were familiar with its requirements. I liked the quizzes that followed many of the presentations, allowing us to solidify our understanding immediately, and I also liked the opportunities to do some hands-on calculations (using the scorcher graphs, for example). Bravo! for putting together such a fine educational experience. Personally, I have benefited from the course not only because it has given me important information on both the facts and the myths, but also because it has increased my confidence in being able to address climate change issues in the context of a 21st-century America that seems intent most recently on wrecking havoc and casting doubt. I now have a more refined understanding of questions of audience, realizing that for the small percentage of ideologues who will never change their minds discussion of climate change should probably be restricted to the market forces now driving down the costs of renewable energy. For independents, on the other hand, the research presented here on inoculation theory will prove invaluable, and I intend to put its guidelines into practice at every opportunity. Some committed folks and I have started a group in our small rural community to advocate for change, and we'll be meeting with our city council this coming week to present a proposal for greater energy independence. Though we're starting small, attempting to generate interest among our local conservatives by focusing first on retrofits for greater efficiency and cost savings, we intend to build enough community enthusiasm to support eventually a solar initiative that would significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Think globally, act locally. We figure that whatever we can do in our own community will affect the well-being of our country and the health of our planet. Thank you for a wonderful course!
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