I am going to continue with the medical specialist analogy. I read another climate change news article saying you wouldn’t go to a podiatrist if you needed a cardiologist. This seems to be the new “now we’ve got you” answer to objections about the argument from “appropriate” authority.
It is true that one does not go to a podiatrist for heart failure. Is this because the podiatrist doesn’t know what a heart is and how it works? Did the podiatrist just study feet in medical school? Of course not. A podiatrist should be able to recognize heart problems is the patient shares enough information with him. A cardiologist can recognize problem feet. Neither treat the condition, but they can recognize problems. Perhaps not with the same level of accuracy, but that is a matter of experience. (If experience is what makes climate scientists experts, then bringing in questioners for a year or two should convert them, should it not?) Should a podiatrist be able to understand a cardiologist’s explanation of heart disease? Both have exactly the same training up to specialization. The cardiologist could have chosen the same path as the podiatrist or vice versa. These two specialists posses the same fundamental knowledge. There should be understanding.
Why, then, are climate scientists the only ones who can understand climate science? Many of those in disagreement with climate science have degrees in physics, meteorology, and so forth, the same as the climate scientists. Yes, there are years of study in climate science that those not in the field may not follow. These studies are well-documented (we hope) or published. I cannot see why a physicist or meteorologist outside the field would not be able to follow the studies. They possess the same basic qualifications.
One way that published, peer-reviewed scientists could be the only group to understand the science is if the climate scientists withhold information from those who do not agree with the theory. This does seem to be some of the problem, since FOIA requests are sometimes needed to get to the data and studies.
If individuals with equal qualifications outside the peer-reviewed group are given access to the data and the scientists who created the research articles are available to answer questions, it should be simple to teach these people how climate science works. There is often the claim that climate science is based on simple physics so teaching someone with a PhD in physics how the science works should be no problem.
There is another difference. I have not seen one medical specialty having physicians from other specialities complaining that a specific specialty (e.g. cardiologist saying podiatry is seriously flawed) is actually pseudo-science or erroneous science. If a podiatrist were to look over the cardiologist’s training, he probably would not question the accuracy of the information. Physicians do object to homeopathic medicine, but not to specialties outside their own. This seems uniques to climate science, where meteorologists, physicists and many others do no agree with the “specialists” interpretation.
Why this apparent disconnect between climate change science and other scientists with equal training continues to occur, I do not know. With something as important as climate change, the studies should be given to as many scientists as possible. The studies should show sufficient evidence of a change and the ability of these studies to prove the reality of climate change should certainly be worth the effort to share the knowledge. This is how science works.