In many ways this discipline goes back to Socrates — but as professor Carl Bergstrom explains – it’s urgent today.
‘There is so much bullshit!’ exclaims mathematical biologist Carl Bergstrom.
‘We’re drowning in it!’
So begins the first session of Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data – a class Bergstrom is teaching with data scientist Jevin West at the University of Washington.
It might be comforting if bullshit were confined to the realms of politics – PR and advertising.
But that’s bullshit.
Science – my area – is conducted by press release more than it is carried out in the journals.
Higher education — if you don’t know this by now – you guys are seniors — higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought.
Startup culture – we are here on the West Coast – startup culture has become sort of an elevation of bullshit to high art.