How to spot a bullshitter

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Bullshit Quotes (113 quotes)

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How To Detect Bullshit

How do you spot a liar? Check his facts. While some experts claim you can read microexpressions or tone of voice or body language, the truth is, liars are pretty easy to detect without getting a Ph. After several fact-checked lies or an election , you're bound to conclude that the guy is a consistent liar. It may take a while, but we all end up knowing who the liars are. Now a skilled bullshitter, on the other hand, is hard to spot.

The really maddening thing is that despite knowing that the person is bullshitting us, when we are talking to them, we almost always feel bad about calling them out. In other words, paradoxically, we seem to care more about the feelings of the person lying to us than about the consequences that not confronting their bullshit has on our lives. I asked Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the University of Washington and owner of the website CallingBullshit. Calling someone out on B. However, he notes that it can be advantageous to learn to overcome this social norm.

Accept it now. White lies are the spackle of civilization, tucked into the dirty corners and crevices our necessary, but pretentiously inflexible idealisms create. Small lies prop up and support our powerful truths, holding together the insanely half honest, half false chaos that spins the world. But lies, serious lies, should not be encouraged as they destroy trust , the binding force in all relationships. One particularly troublesome kind of lie is known as Bullshit BS. These are unnecessary deceptions, committed in the gray area between polite white lies and complete malicious fabrications.

How do you spot a liar? Check his facts. While some experts claim you can read microexpressions or tone of voice or body language, the truth.
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What Makes Someone Become a Bullsh*tter?

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. Higher education rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art.

Every day lately seems to bring an onslaught of fresh bullshit: fake news is outpacing the fact-checker , dubious claims abound in advertisements and political speeches , dating profiles turn out to be more aspirational than accurate , luxury music festivals end in disaster , Instagram bros fake their bench presses — it never ends. It can be hard to know what to do in the face of this onslaught, when truth seems to have lost all currency, and you can no longer distinguish fact from fiction. But two college professors are fighting back. Inspired by their example, Science of Us talked to a number of experts and compiled this advice about how to spot bullshit, how to avoid falling victim to it, and how to call it out online and in person:. And rich people.

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