Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Questor
Teachers may be in trouble if they start offering this course in high school or
middle school. Yes, this is a serious course, and yes, the FAQ is worth a look.
University of Washington in Seattle
Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data
Awhile ago I read the homepage and decided that the first paragraph was a
very good example of BS.
"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. Advertisers
wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the
bullshit =E2=80=94 and take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us
with bullshit of the second order. The majority of administrative activity,
whether in private business or the public sphere, seems to be little more
than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit."
There are 7 claims there. There is not an anecdote, much less data. Trigger
warning "Nerd Mode". When log evidence/opinion) is undefined, you have a
duty to sarcasm the opinionator.
I'd say there's some degree of truth in all those claims. The course concerns
itself with recognizing bullshit and countering it.