No, I haven't read it. I thought that I implied that by saying 'assumedly' (as in, I'm assuming, rather than checking). I'm also not planning on checking it, because I'm not arguing the science--I asked for a link for everyone else's sake (those who are arguing the science, and have no clue what your position actually is).Max™ wrote:Among the amateur skeptical community there is a hearty appetite to master the science of climate change, at least in the spirit of a whodunit. Hence the incessant demands that have been made by amateur skeptics for the data underpinning published studies and even for computer code and intermediate calculations. Those who would attribute this slavish intent to exactly reproduce the work of the professionals to lack of imagination or analytical ability miss the point. The amateur critics are not primarily interested in replicating results via independent analysis, as a scientific peer would be. Rather, they wish to audit the results, to look for flaws, evidence of wrongdoing or incompetence.
It seems you didn't read it yet before responding.
Though note that I am actually interested in replicating results where I am capable, as much for curiosities sake as an urge to check results.
That being said, when I say 'You aren't a climate change skeptic', what I am saying is that you don't get to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with actual climate change skeptics who do actual climate change research and actually study climate science. If you want to be an 'amateur climate change skeptic', then sure; have at it. But that 'amateur' bit is important, and needs to stick. Because 'climate change skeptic' implies 'climate scientist', and you actually don't study climate science. If you are interested in clear dialogue, you have an obligation to make sure anyone who listens to your arguments does so with that understanding--that you are not a professional.
Hell, you owe it to the actual climate change skeptics. They're the ones putting themselves at risk--not you. You're just arguing on the internet. They're arguing in the laboratory. That takes courage.