Monday, February 14, 2005

Did You Try and Bullshit This Week?

Today's New York Times has an amusing article about a retired (stand up?) philosopher who has written an essay titled, "On Bullshit." Of course the Times won't print the whole word, but no such worries here! The first paragraph of the essay shows where it's going:

One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, nor attracted much sustained inquiry.
I eagerly await the inevitable law review articles that will follow on the legal aspects of bullshit, all of which will confirm what those of us in the profession have known for a long time: "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit."

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