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How does the Theologizing of Physics Contribute to Global Warming?

Goodwin, William (2008) How does the Theologizing of Physics Contribute to Global Warming? [Preprint]

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In this paper I examine the sorts of arguments that motivate skepticism about the predictive powers of global climate models. I contend that these arguments work by contrasting the development and testing of global climate models with an idealized image of science drawn largely from a theologized model of fundamental physics. A richer appreciation of the methodology of a full range of successful empirical predictions— particularly in practical fields that study complex systems—can dispel some of these skeptical worries about climate science. If this is right, the good company into which climate science will have been drawn may help to save it from contemptuous ill-treatment at the hands of a theologized image of physics.


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Goodwin, William
Keywords: global climate models, engineering science, skepticism
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
Depositing User: William Mark Goodwin
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4247
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4247

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