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Woody Guthrie award to The Science of Doom

Posted on 17 May 2010 by John Cook

Back in February, Skeptical Science was honoured to receive the Woody Guthrie award from Dan's Wild Science Journal. The idea is the award gets passed on from blog to blog, to those whom they deem a 'thinking blog'. I've been sitting on it for nearly 3 months now but it's time to dust off the award and regretfully pass it onto a worthier recipient. I've been agonising between a well known climate blog which I've admired for years and a newer, lesser known blog which has been a favourite haunt of mine in recent months. Finally, I made a decision today and have passed the award onto The Science of Doom by Steve Carson.

I chose Steve's website for several reasons. One is because I've been digging through his archives of posts lately with great interest. He's written a must-read series on CO2 absorption that has now reached its 8th installment - you'll learn more about CO2 absorption than you ever wanted to know. His writing gets down to first principles which I particularly enjoy. Gotta love those first principles.

Secondly, I opted for Steve because this was the lesser known blog. The Science of Doom deserves a broader audience. The more people that can learn the fundamental lessons Steve presents about climate science, the better.

Lastly, I have a great deal of admiration for Steve himself. I try to impose upon myself some level of calm rationality in a climate debate which often devolves into loud, screaming matches. Even the best of people get excited and lose their temper as I observe often in Skeptical Science discussions, having had to delete many comments from both sides. However, self-control and discipline is essential when we discuss climate science. Not because climate change is not an important issue but because it is so important. This crucial issue deserves the best of us, that we apply all of our intellect, energy and focus in understanding the science, educating others and working towards solutions.

Well, that sentiment is good in theory but I still manage to lose control of my emotions sometimes. Several times after I've responded to a comment a little more gruffly than I should've, Steve has posted a rational, reasonable comment about how we should conduct ourselves without alienating visitors, reminding me of the importance of self-discipline and empathy.

So I recommend you all visit The Science of Doom and dig through the archives, learn the science and observe how Steve conducts himself.

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  1. I have been a huge fan of that blog as well. An excellent addition to the blog roll.
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  2. Science of Doom is a great choice. Thanks for pointing it out.A lot of my readers and I have been looking for an information source just like this.
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  3. I discovered science of doom quite recently, and was enormously impressed. Well chosen indeed.
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  4. I'm a regular visitor to the Science of Doom blog. I've learned a lot about the basics of the physics involved, and he's usually available to answer directly to my amateur questions. Now I have the selfish feeling that he'll get more known and visited and won't be that available anymore... He deserves it. Good choice. PS: For new visitors, I would suggest to take some time and read the CO2 series from the beginning. It's well worth it. If you want to have an opinion about something, you must understand it first.
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  5. Many thanks. Good choice. I've just visited the SoD site for the first time. It appears excellent.
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  6. Great blog. We needed a site that explained the mathematics and physics of global warming. I know there are some, but this is the best I have seen so far.
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  7. Just had a look. Excellent! BTW I was reading his post on "Models, On – and Off – the Catwalk – Part Two". The last comments are an exchange about what consitutes V&V (Verification and Validation) in a climate model. I'm not an expert. I've just got the feeling that climate models can't be quite as bad as one commentor puts it even if they haven't been validated in the same way as Boeing’s computer models of airplanes. Do you have a view on this issue?
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  8. I too am a fan of the Science of Doom blog. For those who are interested, here are a few more climate science related websites that I like. I'm omitting ones that are already widely known (RealClimate, Tamino) and those that focus more on policy, politics, etc., in favor of less-well-known sites that focus on the data and the science: Climate Change (Chris Colose's blog) Climate Charts & Graphs (Kelly O'Day's blog) The Whiteboard (Ron Broberg's blog) moyhu (Nick Barnes's blog) Clear Climate Code I would add these to the list of links, but that seems to be more intended for people to submit their own blogs as links ...
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  9. Well, I see that Science of Doom has just passed the award on to Nick Stokes (over at Moyhu). I think that was an excellent choice by SoD.
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