Archive for January, 2017

Calling Bullshit

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

A proposal for a college course by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West:

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. …

We’re sick of it. It’s time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument.

Sounds like a perfect course for higher education. Sounds like if there should be one required course in college, this should be it.