What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate

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Penguin, Jul 7, 2009 - Nature - 272 pages
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7.2 million YouTube viewers can't be wrong: A provocative new way to look at the global warming debate.

Based on a series of viral videos that have garnered more than 7.2 million views, this visually appealing book gives readers-be they global warming activists, soccer moms, or NASCAR dads-a way to decide on the best course of action, by asking them to consider, "What's the worst that could happen?" And for those who decide that action is needed, Craven provides a solution that is not only powerful but also happens to be stunningly easy. Not just another "change your light bulb" book, this intriguing and provocative guide is the first to help readers make sense-for themselves-of the contradictory statements about global climate change.

The globe is warming! or The globe is not warming.

We're the ones doing it! or It's a natural cycle.

It's gonna be a catastrophe! or It'll be harmless.

This is the biggest threat to humankind! or This is the biggest hoax in history.

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Review: What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate

User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this book. The perspective the book gave was enlightening. Helping me see how the general public views science, how my bias clouds my view, and ideas for how to prepare before entering ... Read full review

Review: What's the Worst That Could Happen?: A Rational Response to the Climate Change Debate

User Review  - Todd Stockslager - Goodreads

Review update: In my original review I downrated Craven's book because after five good chapters laying out tools and methods for rational decision making (how to think), Craven turned his book into a ... Read full review

Contents

SHOULD I BOTHER TO READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO CHANGE YOUR MIND?
Proof Is in the Eye of the Beholder
There Is No Such Thing as Consensus
The PeerReview Process
Is It Getting Colder in Here or Is It Just Me?
Whos Your Authority Figure Huh Punk?
Assumptions Training Hup Hup Hup
Economic Sources
Why the Warmers?
Is That Anthracite in Your Borehole or Are You Just Happy to See Me?
The Carbon Transfer ProjectOtherwise Known as the Age of Fossil Fuels
The Right Climate
Global Climate Destabilization
Feedback Fun and Complex Systems
Lets Take a Bath

A Word Against Common Sense
Confirmation Bias
Here? Here? Here?
A Smorgasbord of Flavors
Craven Is a Fool
The Real Enemy
Just Like Lima Beans
Actions
Other Problems with Our Brains
Eat Your Lima Beans
The Credibility Spectrum
Credibility Factors
A Beautiful Rainbow of Credibility
A Word or Two About Economics
Dude Wheres My Science?
Sez Who?
Doing a Sample Problem on the Board
Adapt vs Mitigate
Checklist of Equipment
The Selection of Sources
A Friendly Warning
Professional Societies
Sources That Contradict Their Normal Bias
Government Reports
Petitions
Individual Professionals
Individual Lay People
Professional Societies
Petitions and Other SelfSelecting Statements
Individual Professionals Scientists and Economists
Individual Lay People
Your Friendly Climate
Dissolve This
All Together Now Tipping Points
Two Dips and a Big Hill
Firecrackers and Uncertainty
How Much Is Too Much?
Doomsday Demystified Yet?
The Dressed Credibility Spectrum
Drawing the Rows of the Grid
Filling in the Boxes of the Grid
My Bet
Personal Factors
My Conclusion
There Arent Enough Rows There Arent Enough Boxes What Does Action Mean?
Gather Your Biases
Transfer Your Personalized Spectrum
Decide Probabilities of the Rows
Fill in the Boxes
Install This into Your Brain
Now What? How You Can Change the World
How Soon?
World War III?
Rousing the Giant Within
Toward a New Ethic
Trigger a Declaration of War
Go Viral Baby
Things to Do
We Can Do It
THE BASICS OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
WIKIPEDIA ENTRIES GIVING AN OVERVIEW OF THE POPULAR DEBATE
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About the author (2009)

Greg Craven is one of Australia's best-known constitutional lawyers, and is Professor of Government and Constitutional Law at Curtin University in Perth. Craven was a leading republican advocate in the 1999 referendum, and was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conservative intellectual voices on Australian constitutional issues.

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