I’ve posted on the concept of trustworthiness of information, and the Trustworthiness of Information chart has been very helpful to me; I recommend that you spend some time with it. Today I am going to dip into the idea of bullshit information. There are several popular levels: Truthiness – the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true. Bullshit – to talk nonsense to (someone), typically to be misleading or deceptive. Occam’s razor – The answer with the fewest obscure assumptions is usually the best. Malcolm’s razor – like Occam’s razor but inserting truthiness bullshit into the critical points. The function is to make uncorroboratable assumptions function as realistic arguments for basing personal behavior upon. The acknowledged doctor of this craft was St. Augustine of Hippo. His master quote is: Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

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