From the PSE Newsdesk – What’s Making the News in Post-Secondary Education

A Course in Bullshit. If you think the world is awash in bullshit, this course is for you. Also, if you don’t think the world is awash in bullshit, this course is for you. University of Washington instructors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West will deliver a 1-credit course entitled “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” this spring. For those who can’t attend in person, videotaped lectures will be posted online. The lectures will cover such topics as “The Natural Ecology of Bullshit”, “Publication Bias”, and “Fake News.” According to the Calling Bullshit syllabus, “We will be astonished if these skills do not turn out to be among the most useful and most broadly applicable of those that you acquire during the course of your college education.” Indeed.

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