I hope you will check out this neat debate taking place at Science magazine. In a first for them, they are offering a preview of a print review on their web site and hosting a debate with the author and the authors of the books reviewed (unfortunately none of Princeton’s titles are included, but I’ll post a list of “also of interest” books below). The subject is climate change and will no doubt attract impassioned voices from both sides, so read up on the article and the issue, and then head over to Science’s site to voice your own opinion.
Here is the official announcement of the debate from Science:
“The Climate Change Debates”
Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University Science 328, 1230 (2010).
published online on Science Express 27 May 2010.
Having expanded far beyond atmospheric science, the contentious debate over the prospects of disruptive changes in Earth’s climate now also encompasses important political, economic, and social issues. The eight books considered in Kitcher’s essay review discuss some of the causes and consequences of the present controversy and how we might best move forward from it. The still-raging clashes on the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the actions we should take to mitigate its effects also raise fundamental questions about how science should work in democratic societies.
The review is available as a PDF at: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/science.1189312v1
Readers are invited to join a moderated discussion of the issues raised in the review and the eight books at: http://tiny.cc/clichng
Key books on the subject from Princeton University Press:
The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate
The Great Ocean Conveyor: Discovering the Trigger for Abrupt Climate Change
Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
William F. Ruddiman
Climate Change Justice
Eric A. Posner & David Weisbach