[ExI] Aristotle on trolling

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon May 9 21:48:14 UTC 2016


At least one copy ships from the UK, so you should have no trouble getting
it.  This company is the one I use when Amazon lacks a book or the price is
higher.  bill w

On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 2:07 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> On 2016-05-08 21:08, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> I am reminded of Frankfurt's classic "On bullshit":
> http://www.stoa.org.uk/topics/bullshit/pdf/on-bullshit.pdf
> I am not sure what this is - perhaps the author's summer?.  I have the
> book, available from Amazon, and it's 67 pages.
> It has been published in at least three different forms. The book is
> probably the most common, but I did not find it online.
> The Swedish humorist Tage Danielsson wrote an independent and brilliant
> precursor, "Grallimatik" (1966) where he argues that most talking is not
> about communicating information, but simply social status games and nice
> sounds. So he outlines a grammar, semantics and style guide for vacuous
> talking. It is a hilarious satire, but actually making Frankfurt's point
> decades earlier. Nothing new under the sun, as Aristotle tweeted.
> --
> Anders Sandberg
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Oxford Martin School
> Oxford University
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