[ExI] bs article

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Dec 30 19:18:15 UTC 2016

On Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 10:26 AM, William Flynn Wallace
<foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> https://aeon.co/ideas/why-bullshit-is-no-laughing-matter?utm_source=Aeon+Newsletter&utm_campaign=691adaf4c3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_411a82e59d-691adaf4c3-68993993

I notice that first paragraph, that was claimed to be BS, is possibly
actually true.

One would have to read "this week" as "the week ending in Sunday" if
you're reading on a Sunday, but even for Sunday through early Monday,
it's comparing to a "normal person" 1,000 years ago - which, we know
through archaeology, would on average be an illiterate peasant, whose
total lifetime bullshit quotient would mostly consist of religious
stories (Christian or otherwise - thus, equal to some fraction, likely
a small fraction, of the Bible), the equivalent of which many of us do
get confronted with routinely.  (And there have been studies on the
total amount of information produced over time; given the expense and
thus low rate of publication pre-Enlightenment - and thus
pre-printing-press - the claim about "every scholarly work" vs. 21st
century Internet is at least plausible from a cursory examination of
the evidence.)

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