November 2021

  • A Lamentation of Poop

    I teach a capstone course for biology upperclassmen where, in a couple of lectures, we cover the subject of bullshit. So I purchased a copy of Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West’s book Calling Bullshit – the art of skepticism in a data-driven world which just arrived. I haven’t read it yet, but I thought this might be a good opportunity to do a quick (noncomprehensive) survey of the literature out there on the topic. 1) Clearly, one of the most influential pieces is the philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s essay On Bullshit. In the essay, he makes the distinction