In this episode we’re talking about bullshit: What it is, how to detect it, and how to call it out. First, staff writer Nick Douglas joins us for a rousing game of “Two Truths and a Lie”. Then we talk to Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, professors at the University of Washington who teach a course called Calling Bullshit. Finally, Alice talks about why we’re so susceptible to bullshit with staff writer Beth Skwarecki, who writes the Bullshit Resistance School column right here on Lifehacker.
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Discussed in This Episode
- Why you might get a potato tattoo
- Mensa for Kids
- How to lie convincingly
- The Calling Bullshit class
- The categories of bullshit
- Brandoloni’s Bullshit Asymmetry Principle
- TED talks and bullshit
- The “arsenic-life” hoax
- How a Fermi estimation can help you identify bullshit
- Why yoga mats were unfairly maligned
- Causal fallacies and other ways to determine whether a study is bullshit
And so much more. Honestly.