Ideas in ScienceScientific Controversy

by Anne Egger, Ph.D., Anthony Carpi, Ph.D.

Resources

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

From the website: This free introductory course via Coursera will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. To do so, we will use the context of some important global challenges that affect us all, and to which we have no clear "correct" solutions: for example, the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and well-being in the modern world. Possible solutions to global issues such as these are hotly debated, and give the perfect setting to practice recognizing and evaluating facts, ideas, opinions, and arguments.

Further Exploration

Critical thinking on climate change: Separating skepticism from denial

From the University of Edinburgh series of lectures "Our Changing World," Dr. Richard Milne discusses the influences on public perception on climate change and helping to separate skepticism from outright denial.

Science controversies past and present

Reactions to the science of global warming have followed a similar course to those of other inconvenient truths from physics.

Important dates in the history of hurricane research from NOAA

Expert credibility in climate change

An article at PNAS exploring the level of agreement on climate change among experts in the field.

Animation of Hurricane and SSTs from NASA

What scientific controversy?

From Understanding Science, a discussion of how frequently disagreement among scientists really occurs.

Biography

Kevin Trenberth
Kevin Trenberth

Classics

Special Report

A special report on the Galveston Hurricane of September 8, 1990. By Isaac M. Cline. NOAA

Research

Another quarry sighted in the great mantle plume hunt?

A recent news article about the mantle plume debate in the journal Science.

Mantle Plumes

From Mantleplumes.org, a collection of articles, research papers, and other materials relating to the origin of “hotspot volcanism.”

Tropical Research Panel

Access to publications and activities of the World Meteorological Organization.

Summaries of Recent Research on Hurricanes

Papers exploring the link between hurricanes and climate change, compiled by the Environmental Defense Fund.

GFDL Global Warming and Hurricanes

An overview of the current research on connections between global warming and hurricanes.

GFDL Hurricanes and Climate Change

A collection of articles and assessment reports related to climate change and hurricanes.

Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
— Sir Francis Darwin