Originally posted by traderonwallst
Only climatologists are allowed to comment on Global warming? what the hell is that all about?
Geologists are just as qualified to comment on what you perceive to be global warming. They study the earth!!!!!
Global warming is about climate, so what's the big surprise? The study of climate, past, present and future is called 'climatology'.
I think there are some geologists who would be considered experienced enough to be considered experts, yes. But they would be working in general areas
of climatology, for example, paleoclimatology. Climate science is a cross-disciplinary subject, so physics, geology, earth sciences etc would be
somewhat relevant, but this doesn't indicate expertise just by having a degree in, for example, geology. Michael Mann was originally a physics
graduate, but he studied paleoclimatology post-grad/post-doc.
However, Motl is not an expert in anything to do with climatology, if I wanted to know about string theory, I might go to him. What about a computer
modeller of virology - is he an expert in the relevant area? Lobohm & Milne are economists. Leyland & Wojick are energy consultants. Thoenes is a
chemical engineer. Evans is a computer/electrical engineer. Essenhigh is a mechanical engineer. I could go on, but I can't be @rsed.
A geography lecturer is not a climatologist either, and Tim Ball suggests he was, why is he saying otherwise? Reid Bryson is an interesting character,
he was one proponent of global cooling in the 1970s - sure you'd like that, heh.
Scientists work in very particular areas. You wouldn't ask a urologist to do brain surgery would you? I'm a psychologist, but I don't consider
myself an expert on psychosis or CBT. I study a very particular area of psychology, and I claim expertise only in this area. Same applies to other
So, you and makeitso are completely missing half of my point. Some of these people are inflating their credentials - 100 'prominent scientists'?
Like Lord Lawson? He's a politician. Courtney has just lied about his credentials, he doesn't have a PhD, he works for coal industry interests.
And, as I said, which you both ignored, they are putting their names to BS science. So I doubt their sincerity on this issue.
So, people on this list are BSing their credentials. Some of them would not be considered prominent at all. Some have probably never done a bit of
science since leaving university. Others were never scientists. Many more haven't been involved in science for a while. And to round it off, they are
putting their names to BS science.
In sum, normal procedure for the denial industry.
[edit on 15-12-2007 by melatonin]