Believing Bullshit

This book identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap.

Author: Stephen Law

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 9781616144128

Category: Philosophy

Page: 271

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This book identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap. The author suggests that, like the black holes of outer space, from which nothing, not even light, can escape, our contemporary cultural landscape contains numerous intellectual black-holes—belief systems constructed in such a way that unwary passers-by can similarly find themselves drawn in. While such self-sealing bubbles of belief will most easily trap the gullible or poorly educated, even the most intelligent and educated of us are potentially vulnerable. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers have fallen in, never to escape. This witty, insightful critique will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, promoters of flaky alternative medicines, and others by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and maintained.
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Calling Bullshit

So far, no bullshit. This is ... It's indeed possible that listening to NPR inoculates
people against believing bullshit. If so, Horsley's advice would be merited. But it's
also possible that being skeptical of bullshit predisposes people to listen to NPR.

Author: Jevin D. West

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241327258

Category: Science

Page: 256

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An indispensable handbook to the art of scepticism from two brilliantly contrarian scientists. We think we know bullshit when we hear it, but do we? Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Start-up culture elevates hype to high art. The world is awash in bullshit, and we're drowning in it. Based on a popular course at the University of Washington, this book gives us the tools to see through the obfuscations, deliberate and careless, that dominate every realm of our lives. In this lively, provocative guide, biologist Carl Bergstrom and information scientist Jevin West show that calling out nonsense is crucial to a properly functioning social group, whether it be a circle of friends, a community of researchers, or the citizens of a nation. Through six rules of thumb, they help us to recognize when numbers are being manipulated, to cut through the crap wherever we encounter it - even within ourselves - and learn how to give the real facts to a crystal-loving friend or climate change denier uncle.
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The Philosophy of Deception

You persist in believing X, but you would have ceased to believe X were it not for
my past action. ... AND HALF-TRUTHS 3.1 Bullshit and the Relationship between
Bullshit, Lying, and Deception In his book On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt claims ...

Author: Clancy W. Martin

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195327939

Category: Philosophy

Page: 282

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This volume gathers together new essays on deception and self-deception by leading thinkers on the subject. The contributors discuss topics including the nature and the definition of deception; whether deception is morally blameworthy or not; attacks against and defenses of self-deception; and the most famous philosophical account of lying by Immanuel Kant. Deception of others and self-deception share many more interconnections than is normally recognized, and these essays reveal the benefits of considering them together. he Philosophy of Deceptionill be of interest to philosophers across the spectrum including those interested in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and metaphysics.
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Bullshit and Philosophy

The danger here is the same whether you fall for the bullshit of others or start
believing your own. Consider the advertising case. An effective advertiser
rigorously gathers demographic and psychographic data about potential
customers, ...

Author: Gary L. Hardcastle

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 9780812697841

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Popular interest in bullshit — and its near relative, truthiness — is at an all-time high, but the subject has a rich philosophical history, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in on the matter. Here, contemporary philosophers reflect on bullshit from epistemological, ethical, metaphysical, historical, and political points of view. Tackling questions including what is bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and can it ever be eliminated, the book is a guide and resource for the many who find bullshit worth pondering.
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No Bullshit Social Media

Believing people aren't talking about you when you're not on social media is like
believing people aren't gossiping about you when you're not around. And if they
can get past their initial hesitation, what usually hangs them up is what they ...

Author: Jason Falls

Publisher: Que Publishing

ISBN: 9780132748902

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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The In-Your-Face, Results-Focused, No-“Kumbaya” Guide to Social Media for Business! Detailed techniques for increasing sales, profits, market share, and efficiency Specific solutions for brand-building, customer service, R&D, and reputation management Facts, statistics, real-world case studies, and rock-solid metrics Stop hiding from social media--or treating it as if it’s a playground. Start using it strategically. Identify specific, actionable goals. Apply business discipline and proven best practices. Stop fearing risks. Start mitigating them. Measure performance. Get results. You can. This book shows you how. Jason Falls and Erik Deckers serve up practical social media techniques and metrics for building brands, strengthening awareness, improving service, optimizing R&D, driving better leads--and closing more sales. “Conversations” and “communities” are wonderful, but they’re not enough. Get this book and get what you really want from social media: profits. Think social media’s a passing fad? Too risky? Just a toy? Too soft and fuzzy? Not for your business? Wake up! It’s where your customers are. And it ain’t going away. Does that suck? No. It doesn’t. Do social media right, and all those great business buzzwords come true. Actionable. Measurable. And...wait for it...here comes the big one. Profitable. Damn profitable. Want to know how to do it right? We’ll show you. And, yeah, we know how because we’ve done it. This is the bullshit-free, lie-free, fluff-free, blessedly non-New-Age real deal. You’re going to learn how to use social media to deliver absolutely killer customer service. How to R&D stuff people actually want. Develop scads of seriously qualified leads. You’ll figure out what you want. You know, the little things like profits, market share, loyalty, and brand power. You’ll figure out how to measure it. And then you’ll go get it. One more thing. We know what scares you about social media. Screwing up (a.k.a., your mug on the front page of The Wall Street Journal). So we’ll tell you what to do so that won’t happen. Ever. No B.S. in this book. Just facts. Metrics. Best practices. Stuff to warm the hearts of your CFO, CEO, all your C-whatevers. And, yeah, you. So get your head out from under the pillow. Get your butt in gear. Let’s go make some money.
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Mastering The Void

Believing bullshit without judging first is so common these days that its almost a
pity not to take advantage of it, sadly. Religion offers a nice and fast package of
precompiled information that fits perfectly to people that have something missing
in ...

Author: Manuel Tanase

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780557426188

Category:

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Research notes of a Heretic about the delicate mechanics of the universe. Theories regarding the duality of things, principles that govern systems from religion to sacred geometry of symbols to physics, observations about how information balances itself and much more. One of the three sections of the book is dedicated to experiments and practical use of these original concepts. The applications range from subliminal control to prediction of coincidences, indirect causing of events and things you won't normally find discussed or commented.
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Versus

... coming apocalypse isn't coming; stop believing that bullshit Bullshit we believe
Bullshit we spread Spread the wealth Spread the poverty Poverty-stricken
Poverty next door Door to the White House Door goes unanswered Unanswered
calls ...

Author: Ron Coleman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465374042

Category: Poetry

Page: 114

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Conflict: an aspect of all of our lives that is unavoidable and depending on the situation, leaves one happy, sad, angry, or even feeling helpless. Ron Colemans first literary foray, VersUS, explores conflict in many forms, subconsciously placing you in each poems situations.
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Writing Without Bullshit

Bullshit. The tide of bullshit is rising. Your email inbox is full of irrelevant, poorly
written crap. Your boss talks in jargon and ... In high school and college, you
learned to write verbose prose to fool teachers into believing you knew what you
were ...

Author: Josh Bernoff

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062477170

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Joining the ranks of classics like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, Writing Without Bullshit helps professionals get to the point to get ahead. It’s time for Writing Without Bullshit. Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today’s world: a noisy environment where everyone reads what you write on a screen. The average news story now gets only 36 seconds of attention. Unless you change how you write, your emails, reports, and Web copy don’t stand a chance. In this practical and witty book, you’ll learn to front-load your writing with pithy titles, subject lines, and opening sentences. You’ll acquire the courage and skill to purge weak and meaningless jargon, wimpy passive voice, and cowardly weasel words. And you’ll get used to writing directly to the reader to make every word count. At the center of it all is the Iron Imperative: treat the reader’s time as more valuable than your own. Embrace that, and your customers, your boss, and your colleagues will recognize the power and boldness of your thinking. Transcend the fear that makes your writing weak. Plan and execute writing projects with confidence. Manage edits and reviews flawlessly. And master every modern format from emails and social media to reports and press releases. Stop writing to fit in. Start writing to stand out. Boost your career by writing without bullshit.
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Believing

He stood and held his hand out to me, and waved me forward, warning me not to
try any bullshit, fiiiiine. I took it and he scooped me up into his arms again, pulling
me against his chest and then kissing me on the top of the head. A thunder clap ...

Author: Courtney Rausch

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469118109

Category: Fiction

Page: 203

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You never get something for nothing, something that Cara was always told as a child and now that childhood lesson comes to life. A trip to George Raphaels Private Island leaves Cara and her friends not entirely human, with powers beyond belief. Now running for their lives they turn to the only other person whos ever been on the island, Rina, but little do they know thats only the beginning of what Rina has planned to gain revenge on Raphael.
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Louisiana Plays

Actually, what is happening on your planet right now is that a lot of stupid people
are calling themselves authorities and making a lot of stupid judgements and
many more stupid people are believing them. Bullshit. It's all bullshit. Now, you
are ...

Author: Hiram Ed Taylor

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462806287

Category: Drama

Page: 377

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LOUISIANA PLAYS by Hiram Ed Taylor is a collection of 4 plays developed in workshops or staged readings at the New Orleans Theatre Experiments Lab, a group dedicated to creating new works about Louisiana. The first play, PROPHECY a comedy about the future of mankind was given two staged readings before an audience at the Contemporary Arts Center. The second play SAVAGE PRIDE, a ghost play about survival, was also given a reading at the CAC. The third a musical about sex, BOURBON STREET had 5 songs performed at the DramaRama Festival at the CAC and then a staged presentation at LePetit Theatre du Vieux Carre. The last musical about life after death, HEAVENS BAR was presented at the Firehouse Theatre in Mobile, Alabama. Taken as a group they represent a body of work by Mr. Taylor over the past 8 years. All four scripts are comedy, although they border on serious themes and are dramatic and tragic in places. Louisiana serves as a place where life and human folly are examined in comic detail. There is an abundance of terrific roles for women in each play; especially for older actresses over 40. They seem to represent the MotherGoddess who controls the flow of the script through the mess the men characters make of their lives. Wife, mother, fortune teller, heavenly bartender (god) or whore, they are the power in each script. The scripts may not seen commercial because of their content and language. Musicals about sex with S&M numbers and Homosexuality presented as normal every day events are hard to get produced in current regional theaters concerned with their grants being cut because of the current government standards. Although Southern Baptist audiences in Mobile, Alabama loved HEAVENS BAR, script readers in other parts of the country have decided it is too much about religion for their theaters to take a chance on possibly offending someones beliefs. So, we have chosen to publish the plays as written without care who they may outrage. They are bold and they are daring and isnt that what good theater is suppose to be about? They are also highly theatrical and deserve to be on a stage performed live for an audience. But, until that time, here they are in print.
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The Business of Bullshit

Author: Graham Edmonds

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0452287332

Category: Humor

Page: 193

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Furnishes humorous explanations and definitions of more than five hundred common bullshit words and phrases, divided into such categories as marketing, politics, sports, and consulting. Original. 40,000 first printing.
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Don t Buy Bullshit Buy Wine Instead

That we aren't worth everything. This is all complete and utter bullshit.This book is meant to feel like you're having a conversation about real life over wine with your best friends.

Author: Chloe Brigette

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1544004087

Category:

Page: 102

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Don't Buy Bullshit Buy Wine Instead is a lighthearted yet relevant take on the areas of adult life in the modern era. Too often we buy into bullshit, believing we must have certain things and act certain ways. Too often we take ourselves and others too seriously. We stay in shitty marriages, we dive deeper into debt and we conform to stereotypes. Women can be successful, strong, sexy and funny while not settling for anything less than what they truly deserve. We think if we do or don't look a certain way, if we do or don't have a certain amount of money, if we do or don't get divorced, if we do or don't volunteer at school, if we do or don't work as moms, if we do or don't have a relationship, if we do or don't have what everyone else seems to have then we are not -#blessed-. That if a guy doesn't call us back or cheats on us or dumps us or leaves us that we aren't worth something. That we aren't worth everything. This is all complete and utter bullshit. You'll learn: - How to stop caring what people think - How to value yourself in relationships - How to avoid relationship pitfalls - How to stragically gain success in business and your career - How to steer away from toxic friendships - How to let go of parenting guilt - How to get fit and healthy without the nonsense
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Unleashed The Story of TOOL

And after a while a person starts believing that bullshit. You believe you can do
no wrong, then you start putting out little side projects of your acoustic set. Yeah, I
can babble to a drum machine and somebody's going to think I'm a genius.

Author: Joel Mclver

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 9780857127709

Category: Music

Page: 272

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The very first book about the Anglo-American metal band Tool explores not only their uncompromising music but also their unsettling, self-made image based on mythological symbols and arcane theories. The quartet of master musicians – Maynard James Keenan, Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor and Adam Jones – emerged from the club scene in Los Angeles in 1990 alongside their friends Rage Against the Machine, grabbing the concept of heavy music and then completely redefining it. With a sixties-style commitment to art and agit-prop, they have now attained a level of artistic complexity and depth which makes their enduring success a miracle in today’s culture of bland, corporate entertainment. Their rise to glory has been one of the stranger rock tales of our time. Joel McIver leaves no detail omitted as he delves into the mystery behind Tool’s music
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An American in Heaven

After a bit they get on to Ick and Yuck and I lose interest. Well not instantly, but
quickly. Yuck's case is still way off, but the bail's no problem and a lawyer with
serious debts to Dad has been hired. Sounds like they're believing his bullshit
story ...

Author: Gordon Phinn

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781846942303

Category: Fiction

Page: 189

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Melanie may be a dead teenager, but she's also an outrageously funny bad-mouthing bitch who doesn't care what you once thought about the afterlife, cause she's gonna give you the straight goods. No church crap. No science crap. No goody- two-shoes-gets-you-in crap. She's giving you the unvarnished truth as she sees it every day of her deadlife, no denial, no whitewash and no dumbing down.
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Endless Horizon

Believing the bullshit. A year riding solo (i.e. with no other riders to show me up)
across Africa had convinced me that I was probably pretty good off-road. Not just
competent, but properly tasty – maybe even kissing up to Dakar standard.

Author: Dan Walsh

Publisher: Motorbooks International

ISBN: 9780760336045

Category: Transportation

Page: 384

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Reports from the gonzo frontier of motorcycle travel--from Dakar to Ghana to South Africa, then on to North and South America--from the pre-eminent biker-rebel writer of our generation.
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ZenOPHOBIA

After a lifetime on a diet of healthy pragmatism and a soupçon of scepticism, this
optimism malarkey had blindsided me and had me believing its bullshit rhetoric.
Why else did I think that selling up and moving to the United States for at least ...

Author: Kedeyi Truhart

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781409263104

Category:

Page: 99

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Too afraid to love, a woman ends up falling in love with her best friend and has to confront the pain of her own emotional dysfunction when he starts dating someone else... How can she break through the pain to learn from her plight and discover her inner truth?
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Burn

... mask of agonized concern. Sometimes when he was in the groove, even Slick
and Beast, who damn well knew better, found themselves believing the bullshit
Honcho was slinging. The guard was a big, mean-looking old white guy with 241
 ...

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781448108305

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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_________________________________ Detective Michael Bennett is coming home to New York - and a world of unimaginable evil... Having brought an end to the vengeance of the ruthless crime lord who forced the Bennett family into hiding, Michael is finally back in New York City. However, Bennett is thrust straight back into a horrifying case: a witness claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a sickeningly depraved and murderous gathering in a condemned building. The report reads like the product of an overactive imagination. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, the unbelievable claim becomes all too real...
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Jesus Cries When You Touch Yourself

A Comic Monologue on Religious Bullshit in America in Tribute to George Carlin
Adam McClaran ... Eventually, people are going to stop believing in all this
bullshit, in gods and demons and angels, in ridiculous ideas that continually give
us ...

Author: Adam McClaran

Publisher: Adam McClaran

ISBN: 9781453697672

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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Jesus Cries When You Touch Yourself is a comic monologue written in tribute to the late George Carlin on the topic of religious bullshit in America. Influenced by Carlin, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bill Maher, Monty Python, and the writers of South Park, the author uses constant mockery and absurdist humor on a tour of ridiculous beliefs in America. With devastating logic, Jesus, the most beloved character in all of history, is revealed to be the world's greatest pedophile. After all, if Jesus is God, then everyday he watches billions of children take off their clothes and hundreds of millions of others go poop. Well, the great Poop Inspector would be a pedophile, if only he wasn't merely our imaginary friend. From an invisible man in the sky that watches millions of people masturbate each day, to Jesus ascending into heaven and becoming an astronaut, to Catholics eating Jesus' penis every Sunday, Jesus Cries When You Touch Yourself contrasts intense realism with comical religious absurdity in the most ambitious ridicule of religion ever written.
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Heresies

Kids aren ' t yet fully In a small suckered , bribed , and beaten into believing
bullshit . Their world is play and imagination . Martin ' s parents community where
told us his back had been hurting since someone had kicked him a few months
ago ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015039949154

Category: Feminism

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A feminist publication on art and politics.
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The Reckoning Debt Democracy and the Future of American Power

But, as any real friend or qualified therapist will tell you, believing your own
bullshit is dangerous. Americans must come to terms with the extent to which
their living standards—measured by such factors as salary growth, material
possessions, ...

Author: Michael Moran

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781137000422

Category: Political Science

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A leading forecaster of economic and political trends takes a sharp look at the decline of American influence in the world, and how it can prepare for the new reality. The age of American global dominance is ending. Today, a host of forces are converging to challenge its cherished notion of exceptionalism, and risky economic and foreign policies have steadily eroded the power structure in place since the Cold War. Staggering under a huge burden of debt, the country must make some tough choices—or cede sovereignty to its creditors. In The Reckoning, Michael Moran, geostrategy analyst explores the challenges ahead -- and what, if anything, can be prevent chaos as America loses its perch at the top of the mountain. Covering developments like unprecedented information technologies, the growing prosperity of China, India, Brazil, and Turkey, and the diminished importance of Wall Street in the face of global markets, Moran warns that the coming shift will have serious consequences not just for the United States, but for the wider world. Countries that have traditionally depended on the United States for protection and global stability will have to fend for themselves. Moran describes how, with a bit of wise leadership, America can transition to this new world order gracefully—by managing entitlements, reigniting sustainable growth, reforming immigration policy, launching new regional dialogues that bring friend and rival together in cooperative multinational structures, and breaking the poisonous deadlock in Washington. If not, he warns, history won't wait.
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