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"On Bullshit" by Harry G. Frankfurt


It´s been a long time since the last blog here. Ten months infact. Yet the need for clear thinking remains and grows! So, in the name of understanding and insight, here is a jump-start post on the subject of something we hear more often. Bullshit.

Our thanks go to Princeton University emeritus professor Harry G. Frankfurt for this short and pertinent analysis of everything long winded and irrelevant. How useful it is!
Frankfurt carefully points out that much of the "talk" and "information" we have or allow to pass through our ears and into our minds is somewhat less innocent than it seems. The human intelligence seeks truth and "bullshit" is often one of its more subtle enemies, deflecting words towards meaningless ends, at best, and at worst manipulating the mind to more cleverly crafted goals.

"The bullshitter... is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except in so far as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up to suit his purpose"
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