The Bullshit Lectures

Vor ein paar Monaten bloggte ich über die Ankündigung der Uni Washington des ersten Seminars über Bullshit. Ich hatte das dann noch eine kurze Weile weiterverfolgt, dann aber aus den Augen verloren.

Die Bullshit-Lectures laufen jetzt bereits seit drei Monaten und die bislang 10 Lectures sind allesamt online, hier in einer YT-Playlist, leider haben die alle Lectures in kurze Videos von 3 bis 10 Minuten aufgeteilt, was mich persönlich etwas nervt, aber okay. (Und seit wann erlaubt YT keine Playlist-Embeds mehr? Sucks.)

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.

We're sick of it. It's time to do something, and as educators, one constructive thing we know how to do is to teach people. So, the aim of this course is to help students navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combating it with effective analysis and argument.

Bullshit-Science auf NC:
Von P-Hacking, Clickbait-Bullshit und Schoko-Diäten
Death To Bullshit
Methods of Social Media and Bullshit
Science of pseudoprofound Bullshit-Receptivity
The Bullshit Dialogues
Harry Frankfurts „On Bullshit“ shortfilm'd