Tuesday, March 15, 2005

on b.s.

but here a quote from a book called "On Bullshit",

"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.

In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, we have no theory. "

The book review that included this quote is here:
http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050321&s=lear032105

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