Footnote to “Letter from South America”

Bullshit Ahead warning in style of warning roa...

Bullshit Ahead warning in style of warning road sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The world is awash in bullshit. Politicians are unconstrained by facts. Science is conducted by press release. So-called higher education often rewards bullshit over analytic thought. Startup culture has elevated bullshit to high art. Advertisers wink conspiratorially and invite us to join them in seeing through all the bullshit, then take advantage of our lowered guard to bombard us with second-order bullshit. The majority of administrative activity, whether in private business or the public sphere, often seems to be little more than a sophisticated exercise in the combinatorial reassembly of bullshit.

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Sunday is for sermonizing


In this issue of IAI News we look back over the biggest ideas of 2015. The key question this year has been how to move beyond the old postmodern arguments about objective truth.

Here are 2015’s most popular articles on IAI News:

1. Searle vs Lawson, After the End of Truth
2. Nancy Cartwright, Unnatural Laws
3. Atkins vs Midgley, The Limits of Science
4. Norman Lamont, A Dangerous Dependency
5. Mark Salter, Psychiatry After Postmodernism
6. Matthew Parris, Expert Lies