On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On Bulls*** is an enjoyable and quick read.
Frankfurt attempts to ascertain what Bulls*** is and why it is so prevalent these days. He compares Bulls*** to several similar concepts, such as Humbug and Hot Air. He also notes Bulls*** is different than lying, in that lying focuses on a false impression concerning a thing instead of concerning the mind of the speaker and Bulls*** makes no distinction between falsehood or truth—it is bluffing through come what may.
Here are two few of my favorite lines:
“It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing Bulls*** requires no such conviction.”
“Bulls*** is unavoidable whenever circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.”
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