Update: see below how Anthony was mulling his choices and evaluating his options. Flattery will get him nowhere.
This is cute. Anthony Watts is going to take a trip to England in September (archived here). He's arranged it specially because he saw that John Cook is speaking for an hour and a half (including question time) at the University of Bristol. Apparently Anthony prefers to try to get in "some questions" at the end of the lecture in Bristol rather than sending John Cook an email.
Note: I registered since I’ve always wanted to come to England anyway, and this was as good as an excuse as any…plus I have many questions to ask. Note also that while the event is free, there are a limited number of tickets available.
Not long after he wrote about John Cook's lecture, Anthony discovered that Michael Mann is also speaking there four days later in September. Anthony decided to take the opportunity to go to his session and see if he can ask him a question or two as well. Here's the updated archive.
For anyone in Bristol in September, here are the dates and times:
John Cook: Dogma vs. consensus: Letting the evidence speak on climate change 19 September 2014, 6 pm - 7.30 pm, Victoria Rooms, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1SA
Michael E Mann: Cabot Institute Lecture: The Hockey Stick and the climate wars - the battle continues 23 September 2014, 6 pm - 7:00 pm plus question time, The Victoria Rooms, Queen's Rd, Bristol, BS8 1SA
You might even get to meet a real celebrity, Anthony Watts, blog owner of the crackpot blog, WUWT. After all, now Anthony Watts has now made the public lectures with John Cook and Michael Mann all about Anthony Watts. Narcissism in extremis.
Reading the comments there could be an opportunity for US-based deniers to cobble together and charter a plane :) You'd think that John Cook and Michael Mann never spoke in public in the USA. Do the WUWT-ers know where Bristol is, I wonder? Seems a long way to go to sit in a lecture theater for three hours. Not that I don't think that John Cook and Michael Mann aren't worth listening to. But to fly half-way around the world for two one-hour lectures? To stopover in Bristol for four or five days? (Oh, I'm sure it's a lovely town. Yep, quit while I'm ahead - I'm just grovelling to the fine people from Bristol now :D.)
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Apparently Anthony was mulling over who to visit to learn about climate. If it came from anyone who knew anything about climate I'd be tempted to be flattered to be put in the same class as Michael Mann and John Cook. You and I know better.
@andyskuce @skepticscience @MichaelEMann Well it was either that or travel to Mt. Beauty and listen to the rantings of my Internet stalker.
— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) July 17, 2014
From the WUWT comments
I don't know if Anthony Watts or his readers have much experience with public lectures at universities. I wonder what they are expecting. The comments will give you an inkling. (I don't know if the lectures will be in the auditorium, which apparently seats 650, or one of the smaller rooms.)
July 16, 2014 at 4:54 am
Skeptics obviously will not be given much rebuttal leeway. The most effective would be to distribute a short set of reasonable criticisms outside the venue to attendees before the talk.
That'll go over about as well as the two man anti-chemtrail demonstration I encountered outside a climate lecture earlier this year.
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Barry Woods thinks "denier" is a derogatory label. Well, "duh" - of course it is. What does he expect? Respect for being flat earthers or climate science deniers? Barry says (excerpt):
July 16, 2014 at 5:00 am
John Cook knows that denier is a derogatory label in the climate debate, since before he started Skeptical Science.
Bloke down the pub figures he might as well toddle down to the lectures, too, and says:
July 16, 2014 at 5:06 am
Not too far from me, so if Anthony can make the effort I’m sure I can. Anthony, let me know if I can be of help while you’re in the area.
Ooh, it'll be an Alice's Restaurant "movement", because John Catley says:
July 16, 2014 at 5:09 am
I’m certainly going to attend this.
Perhaps the “deniers” will make up a goodly proportion of the audience and confound Mr Crook.
I’m certainly going to take my vuvuzela just in case.
Hot under the collar thinks the public lectures were meant to be a secret and mistakenly thinks that John Cook and Michael Mann aren't used to explaining their work to deniers and says:
July 16, 2014 at 5:26 am
They managed to use the denier / denial tag three times just in the introduction to a lecture, not biased much?
Now that the talk has been ‘outed’ do you think he will turn up?
MikeUK goes all paranoid conspiracy - and Anthony joins in the paranoia. MikeUK says:
July 16, 2014 at 5:26 am
Anthony, was it wise to announce your attendance? I think there might be some organised defenses put in place by the “Planet Savers” and it could become unpleasant, no doubt with articles appearing in The Guardian and elsewhere about a few brave souls battling the forces of darkness, etc.
REPLY: Well if they put up a blockade, they’ll out themselves for the imperious holier than thou fools that they are – Anthony
This is funny. American deniers are busy booking plane tickets to these one hour public lectures in Bristol! Another denier blogger lucia liljegren (@lucialiljegren) says:
July 16, 2014 at 6:04 am
Tickets are going to go fast. I reserved mine. I’m hunting for cheap flights to Bristol now.
auralay is attending, hoping to catch a glimpse of his hero, Anthony Watts and says:
July 16, 2014 at 6:21 am
I have just booked both. Very excited at the thought of seeing a legendary giant of the climate change world. Guess I can put up the presence of Cook and Mann for that!
David Chappell reminds everyone that Stephan Lewandowsky is at U Bristol and says:
July 16, 2014 at 6:34 am
And the bonus is that presumably Lewandowsky will be there too as Bristol has taken him under its wing. In fact, he’s probably the organising genius behind the project.