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For those who haven't been brainwashed enough...

By: hcubed , 6:08 PM GMT on January 17, 2012

...there's a new source (an all-in-one stop) for all your Catastrophic Man-Made (anthropogenic) global warming/climate change/climate disruption needs:

...Open Climate 101

"...Almost 3000 non-science major undergraduates at the University of Chicago have taken PHSC13400, Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, since Ray Pierrehumbert and I (David Archer) first developed it back in 1995. Since the publication of the textbook for the class in 2005 (and a much-cleaned-up 2nd edition now shipping), enrollment has gone through the roof, it’s all I’ve been able to teach the last few years, trying to keep up with demand. I hear it is the largest class on campus, with 4-500 students a year out of an annual class of only around 1400. Now the content of this class is being served to the internet world at large: Open Climate 101...

Open Climate 101. Catchy name. Almost as catchy as "Climate Reality Project". That one's run by a real scientist, too.

"...You can watch video lectures followed by quizzes to challenge and hopefully stimulate your understanding, and work your way through tutorials with interactive models and simple mathematical ideas. Actually all that stuff has been available for a long time, online or in the textbook, but now it’s packaged into an interactive assessing system, which admittedly lacks the personality and finesse of our graduate student teaching assistants, but I hope it’ll get the job done. You can work at your own pace, on your own time. You don’t get University of Chicago credit, but it’s free, and if you get to the end of it you can download a certificate of accomplishment with your name and a verification code, signed by me. I hope people find it useful."

Wow. A certificate of accomplishment with your name and a verification code. Personally signed, too. Never got that kind of service from the "24 Hours of Reality" we were asked to watch.

Of course, never made to the end of the 24 hours. And, even here, you'll only get the certificate IF you get to the end of it.

Let me save you the time:

"It's only gonna get worse - much worse".

And I'll sign your certificate, too...

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2. hcubed
2:31 AM GMT on January 18, 2012
Take the course yourself - you'll either be amazed or bored out of your skull...

The problem he'll find, by releasing it to the web, he probably won't get the same response he does from his captive audience.

I'm an instructor - and I've found that there are several reasons a student takes a course:

1. It's a requirement (pre-requisite) for another higher course or degree (and they're forced to take it).

2. It's an elective - and they've found this course to be an easy "A".

People on the 'net will find neither of these, creating the third possibility - they're curious as to what's being spread by this offering.

You can bet that some schools, trying to be politically correct, will "offer" it to their students - a way for their school to please the AGW gods.

I'm going to try - and I'll bet that, just by reading what the Press is posting, that one can easily "ace" the course - with minimal effort.

As a matter of fact, the first "lesson" is running now - I suppose I should turn up the volume...
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1. SPLbeater
8:44 PM GMT on January 17, 2012
what is GW
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