Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Frankfurt on Bullshit

Casual exaggeration, or THE ENEMY OF MANKIND!

[B]ullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves
without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly
change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about
truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can
take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine
the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not.
Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this,
Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

By the way, I stroked a three on that last hole.
How'd you do?


Cassandra said...

I am afraid to even ask what set this off, mr rdr...

I have a BS and I am quite proud of it, thank-you-very-much. It took me almost 10 years to earn it.

spd rdr said...

A client.