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David Maus M. A.

FYI: Calling Bullshit, A course to teach you how to think critically

David Maus, 18. Jan 2017

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. So-called higher education often rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture has elevated bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit, then take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with second-order bullshit. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, often seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.

Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.

  • Carl T. Bergstrom, UW Department of Biology

  • Jevin West, UW Information School