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for climatologists to tackle. I shall argue that the markedly high degree of dynamical complexity in the global climate system is best dealt with by strongly interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and that a failure to recognize the role that dynamical complexity plays in shaping the practices of some branches of science is what has led to most of the general criticism faced by climate science. In Chapter Six, we’ll look at one case in particular—Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” prediction—and see how the criticisms levied at Mann often result from a failure to understand the special problems faced by those studying dynamically complex systems. Finally, in Chapter Seven, we’ll examine the political controversy surrounding climate science, assess various recommended responses to anthropogenic climate change, and examine the role that complexity-theoretic reasoning should play in the policy-making process. Onward, then.