Re: A picture's worth a thousand words - or - who do you love

Posted by bobbapink on May 02, 2002 at 18:23

Re: A picture's worth a thousand words - or - who do you love (DA Morgan)

All of your argument is really beside the point as the point in question/contention is the assertion that 2002 JFM was the hottest. That said, i'll answer your off-topic points anyway.

What happened to option 3 which means involves relying on the general consensus of the experts in the field (remember those guys and gals with PhDs that publish in peer reviewed journals and have no financial stake in the outcome).

Which dataset are they relying on? Do they have political agendas? Finanicial stakes are, after all, not the stakes in the game.

Why is that so hard to do?

It's not hard to do - in fact it is the easiest thing in the world to let someone else do your thinking for you. Id guesstamate that 70% of the population does just that. What's hard is looking at the data yourself and making your own judgments. And when you simply haven't the intellectual ability or training to do that, what is equally hard to do is to listen to the arguments and logic from opposing viewpoints to establish which view is the most logical, consistent, and evidentially unbiased - regardless of your own preconceived beliefs or political agenda. Now that's hard, Dan. So hard in fact that most people find it impossible.

Now, which dataset is the best for this particular purpose of determining trends in global, rather than regional, temperature? Surface data or msu data?

Come Dan, you can say it, we know.

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