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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Next up, STEM the Denialism

It has been a difficult week at my house. My terminally ailing elder dog Jaco may die or have to be put down at any time. I slept in fits and starts last night on the couch in the family room staying close by. We all know here that time is short. Keeping up with my reading, but I'm not getting much done at the keyboard.

In support of The March for Science effort and its important larger long-term purpose, I'm probably gonna start a new blog dedicated specifically to those issues. And will probably open it to co-contributors. Let me know if you're interested. bobby[dot]gladd[at]comcast[dot]net.


My precious Jaco is gone. Had to have him put down today. Crushingly sad.


Morose here today. Carlos (my other dog) is confused. Where's his Big Bro'? I am struggling to accept Jaco being gone. I shall miss him terribly.

Just in, a new academic effort I saw reported over at STATnews:

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 — 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...
From the FAQ page:
Why are you doing this?
As we explain on our home page, we feel that the world has become over-saturated with bullshit and we're sick of it. However modest, this course is our attempt to fight back.

We have a civic motivation as well. It's not a matter of left- or right-wing ideology; both sides of the aisle have proven themselves facile at creating and spreading bullshit. Rather (and at the risk of grandiose language) adequate bullshit detection strikes us as essential to the survival of liberal democracy. Democracy has always relied on a critically-thinking electorate, but never has this been more important than in the current age of false news and international interference in the electoral process via propaganda disseminated over social media...
Their course syllabus page.

Cool. Yeah, See, e.g., Dr. Frankfurt's book "On Bullshit."

More to come...


  1. Bobby, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog, Jaco. He was lucky to be part of your life. Keep up the good work. Your blog is a light in the maelstrom.

    1. Jennifer, thank you. You are too kind. Cheryl and I need to hook up with y'all for dinner ASAP. Hope all is well.