Do We Need Schools To Teach Us How To Detect Bullsh*t?

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During this entire election, we’ve been seeing plenty of fake news stories on the internet. However, many people are now using that excuse to say any news they don’t like as “fake.” Our own President-elect Donald Trump just insulted CNN yesterday with cries of, “You are fake news.”

University of Washington profs Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West have proposed a new course called, “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data.” They will teach students to:

“… Navigate the bullshit-rich modern environment by identifying bullshit, seeing through it, and combatting it with effective analysis and argument.”

In the era of Donald Trump, we will all need this. We have to be able to identify the bullshit coming out of our President’s mouth. We also need to be able to really tell what news articles are either fake or satire. We need to be educated citizens to fight the ridiculous shit the Republican party is trying to do to us.

You can check out the syllabus here. From their about page:

“The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. So-called higher education often rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture has elevated bullshit to high art.”

The man who is about to be leader of the free world, and he is pointing at major news outlets saying that they are all fake. He uses this to get people to agree with him. All news stories that point out his lies and mistakes are “fake” to him. However, this is the same man who spread the hateful rumor that President Barack Obama is a Kenyan Muslim.

It is so bad that the tag #FakeNews is trending on Twitter. Are people really lacking in critical thinking skills? Let’s make America think and analyze again.

Featured image via Twitter.

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