Beverly Cleary Professor for Children and Youth Services University of Washington
Misinformation, disinformation and fake news abound, and it’s increasingly difficult to know what’s true. Our media environment has become hyperpartisan. Science is conducted by press release. Startup culture elevates bullshit to high art. We are fairly well-equipped to spot the sort of old-school bullshit that is based in fancy rhetoric and weasel words, but most of us don’t feel qualified to challenge the avalanche of new-school bullshit presented in the language of math, science or statistics. In "Calling Bullshit," University of Washington Professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West give us a set of powerful tools to cut through the most intimidating data.