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West Metro Critical Thinking Club

TOPIC: Out of the Frying Pan into the ... Freezer?

Summary: Back in the seventies, there was talk of the earth's climate being in an interglacial period. Mention was even made of a new ice age. By the nineties, that talk was all gone. Everything was heat, heat heat. So what happened to the likelihood of another ice age? How does that square with the problem of global warming? Does the heat cancel the potential cooling Where is global warming right now...and global cooling? These are some of the questions we will address on this incredibly complex topic.

SPEAKERS: Milo and Cynthia Schield are board members of CTC and frequent contributors to our programs. Milo has a PhD in physics and many years of teaching statistics. He is a full professor in the Business Department of Augsburg College. His wife, Cynthia, is a Stanford alumna who has finally found a use for her major in history. Although "Earth History" goes a little farther back than one usually studies.

This topic has required tons of research just to scratch the surface. But, they say, it has been fascinating effort. In the last twenty to thirty years, science has made huge strides in understanding how the earth works and the Schields hope to share some of that information with us.

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  • G. L. D.

    On Saturday, Oct. 5 a group of climate scientists will explain the new report on climate change from the Unite Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by conference call to several west metro locations. Information available at or call Chuck Prentice at[masked] for dates and times.

    October 2, 2013

  • Lee S.

    Superb discussion from perspective of what happened to 1970s fear of soon to be Ice Age...I'm not sure we reached a conclusion. Our presenters gave long range views of temperature change. We were challenged to examine basic assumptions of global warming. As with all critical thinking, our conclusions are tentative awaiting further evidence. We look forward to the December 28 meeting when the topic of global warming will be further discussed.

    September 28, 2013

    • G. L. D.

      How much evidence is considered enough?

      September 29, 2013

  • G. L. D.

    How is critical thinking defined these days?

    September 29, 2013

  • G. L. D.

    I supported critical thinking many years ago but disagreed with the methods being used and finally quit supporting the skeptic community in despair and disgust. I'm wondering if anything has changed in all these years.

    September 17, 2013

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