John Cook, creator of the pathologically credulous Skeptical Science website sent invitation letters to about 50 climate bloggers, including myself (Alec Rawls, author of the Error Theory blog and occasional co-blogger at the genuinely skeptical Watts Up With That climate blog), asking us to help him solicit participants for a crowd-sourced survey of the peer reviewed climate literature, designed to assess how consistently the literature conforms to the "consensus" view that "most global warming is being caused by human activity." All of use were sent survey links to post on our blogs. The invitation failed to mention that the links include identifier tags, so that Cook will know which survey responses were referred by which blogs, an odd omission, and given Cook's history of shenanigans, there is reason to be concerned that something underhanded may be planned. So with a clear CAVEAT EMPTOR, here is the skeptic-tagged link that Cook sent to me, if anyone wants to submit a skeptic tagged survey response.
Surveys are said to include a randomly generated selection of 10 abstracts to rate according to a set of rating rules that Cook describes. Pasted below is one of these random surveys, downloaded fom the link above, including survey description and instructions. I have disabled the "submit" button. If you want to fill out a survey, use the link above.
Survey of Peer-Reviewed Scientific Research
Below are listed the titles and abstracts (summary) of 10 randomly selected scientific papers; mouseover each title to read the abstract (summary). Please read each title and abstract then select from the drop down to categorize each abstract. Your rating should be based on the abstract text. Your submission will be anonymous. The drop down indicates indicates the level of endorsement within the abstract for the proposition that human activity (i.e., anthropogenic greenhouse gases) is causing global warming (e.g., the increase in temperature).
Note: AGW is Anthropogenic Global Warming or human-caused global warming.Options are:
Survey Form (mouseover the paper title to display the abstract [not working on this sample page])
This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff (contactable on +61 7 3365 3553 or email@example.com), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Officer on +61 7 3365 3924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the survey or encounter any technical problems, you can contact John Cook at email@example.com