The True Meaning of BS

The origins of BS

The origins of BS

Babble, bafflegab, balderdash, bilge, blabber, blarney, blather, bollocks, bosh, bunkum. These are a few of the synonyms (from just the b’s) for the demotic descriptor BS (as commonly abbreviated). The Oxford English Dictionary equates it with “nonsense.” In his best-selling 2005 book on the subject, Princeton University philosopher Harry Frankfurt famously distinguished BS from lying: “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.

Read all about it in Michael Shermer‘s Scientific American column about the rear end product of the bovine male’s digestive system HERE

To be perfectly Honest

 

To be perfectly Honest

To be perfectly Honest 14X14.5cm, Watercolours and pencil

There’s nothing like print

Nothing like print

Nothing like print

The postman just rang the doorbell, I was downstairs by the time his finger was about to press the button for the second time. Inside the envelope I found the copy of the first Intelligent life 1843 magazine. Graham Black, the designer, gave a wonderful form to a brilliant collection of delicious candies for the mind. There’s nothing like print!

1843 magazine, Intelligent Life, The Economist’s culture and lifestyle magazine

Intelligent Life, The Economist’s culture and lifestyle magazine that publishes six times a year, was relaunched this week. I am proud in being amongst the contributors of it maiden issue.

The magazine is named for the year The Economist was founded

The title plans to broaden and enhance its coverage with a fashion shoot in every issue; profiles of headline-makers from The Economist, and in-depth travel narratives. It will come out six times a year.

For the full article in its online version, click here

 

Beware the cookies!

Beware the cookies!

Beware the cookies!

Those of us who are accustomed with online shopping for airline tickets, Uber car services and others, must have gone through the experience of a ‘reactive interface’ while in the process of picking up the right flight, time and seat.

This shopping arena is inhabited by extremely ‘awake’ algorithms, which through the agency of cookies nested in our web browsers, allow the companies a price hiking which mirror the desirability of the object they’re selling. Nasty.

Published in Calcalist Magazine.

Is Social Science Politically Biased?

The science we deserve

The science we deserve

Political bias troubles the academy

By Michael Shermer on March 1, 2016

In view of Bernie Sanders’s Michigan upset, I find it most appropriate to post Michael Shermer’s column in this month’s Scientific American, Dealing with the scientific integrity of social science.

For the full article

The science we deserve

The science we deserve