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How A Box Of Magic Crystals Brought Down Australia's Most Famous Holden Race Car Driver | Gizmodo Australia
This incident caused Brock to fire his longtime race partner and chief engineer, Larry Perkins, who called Peter out on how insane and possibly dangerous all this crystalline bullshit was..This popularity actually made Holden themselves sell a car with an all-new Energy Polarizer in 2011. The HDT VE-VL Heritage Edition Commodore is equipped with a special body kit, Peter Brock’s signature, and a box full of New Age bullshit that Holden is now happy to install on their cars, fully aware that it does precisely nothing.
bogan  holden  racing  crystals  woo  bullshit 
5 days ago by yorksranter
Calling Bullshit — Syllabus
Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it.
bullshit  course  reference 
14 days ago by whip_lash
Collections: The Fremen Mirage, Part II: Water Spilled on the Sand – A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry
I spotlight that today because this week’s bit – focusing in on the Roman experience – is going to be as much, if not more, about the bankruptcy of ‘decadence’ as a concept, as it is about the flaws of Fremeness.
decadence  history  rome  bullshit 
17 days ago by yorksranter
Calling Bullshit.
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.

What do we mean, exactly, by bullshit and calling bullshit? As a first approximation:

Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence.

Calling bullshit is a performative utterance, a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice.

In this course we will teach you how to spot the former and effectively perform the latter.

While bullshit may reach its apogee in the political domain, this is not a course on political bullshit. Instead, we will focus on bullshit that comes clad in the trappings of scholarly discourse. Traditionally, such highbrow nonsense has come couched in big words and fancy rhetoric, but more and more we see it presented instead in the guise of big data and fancy algorithms — and these quantitative, statistical, and computational forms of bullshit are those that we will be addressing in the present course.

Of course an advertisement is trying to sell you something, but do you know whether the TED talk you watched last night is also bullshit — and if so, can you explain why? Can you see the problem with the latest New York Times or Washington Post article fawning over some startup's big data analytics? Can you tell when a clinical trial reported in the New England Journal or JAMA is trustworthy, and when it is just a veiled press release for some big pharma company?

Our aim in this course is to teach you how to think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences.
course  bullshit  machine-learning  datascience  criticism  reference 
18 days ago by kmt

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