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Northwest Passages Book Club - Calling Bullshit

Aug. 18, 2020, 7 p.m.

Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West, authors of "Calling Bullshit - The Art of Skepticism in a Data Driven World", will be in conversation with Shawn Vestal. Since we can't get them all in the same room together, we'll have to follow along on screens as they dive into the nuances of the word in today's political climate. "Bullshit involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. Calling bullshit is a performative utterance, a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice." We are going to hear how to spot the former and effectively perform the latter. Watch freely on our livestream at the appointed time! Again, no ticket needed - just visit our livestream at the appointed time.

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