The North Carolina state legislature pushed back against the 2010 sea level warnings even though researchers and universities in the state have been at the forefront of the scientific work that produced them.
Early versions of the 2012 bill even dictated how officials were allowed to forecast sea levels: Only historical data could be used, and not any computer models that showed that the rate of rise would be faster in the future than in the past — an approach that would seriously underestimate the effects of climate change.
The St. John’s method isn’t cheap. No class is larger than 20 students; even so, some have two “tutors,” which is what professors are called. They steer winding, soulful discussions that demand engagement. I eavesdropped on several. Three dynamics stood out.
The first was how articulate the students were. Something wonderful happens when you read this ambitiously and wallow in this many words. You become agile with them.