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Professors at a university in Seattle, Washington are calling out “bullsh*t,” offering students a course on identifying “BS.” The pair have already seen huge interest in the spring course, which would cover topics including publication bias and fake news.
“Can you see the problem with the latest New York Times or Washington Post article fawning over some startup's big data analytics?” the course website reads. Developed by two professors from the University of Washington, ‘Calling Bullsh*t’ aims to enlighten its students on how to “identify BS, sift through the BS, to be able to respond to BS,” the professors told KOMO.
Apparently we had a broken link "correlation does not imply causation" on our syllabus. Here's what you all were missing. #xkcd@xkcdComicpic.twitter.com/YMQIMx8A87
— Calling Bull# (@callin_bull) January 14, 2017
The pair behind the course claim it is not solely political, but instead will focus on BS clad in “trappings of scholarly discourse,” helping students see the truth hidden behind big words and fancy algorithms.
originally posted by: JinMI
a reply to: LuXTeN
People have to be re-taught how to think? Crazy times.
Nice avatar pic Carmen Sandiego!