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    The perfect book for our book club:

    Not that we have a book club. But I think this one would fit well.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/14/bo...er=rssuserland

    A Princeton Philosopher's Unprintable Book Title
    By PETER EDIDIN

    Published: February 14, 2005

    Harry G. Frankfurt, 76, is a moral philosopher of international reputation and a professor emeritus at Princeton. He is also the author of a book recently published by the Princeton University Press that is the first in the publishing house's distinguished history to carry a title most newspapers, including this one, would find unfit to print. The work is called "On Bull - - - - ."
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    you can buy it on Amazon...

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    One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."
    Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.

    Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

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    Sonds like Clinton is King in this World! LOL!!!

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    That was fast!!!

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    Sonds like Clinton is King in this World! LOL!!!
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    He's on his game today.

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    Clinton was the king of bs, but is W far behind?

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    Sonds like Clinton is King in this World! LOL!!!
    Clinton was a bullshitting genius, but Bush is at least an exceptionally gifted bullshitter.

    For example, does Bush's intitial estimate of the cost of the Medicare drug benefit qualify as bullshit, or was it gross incompetence? Why can you smell Clinton's bullshit from a mile away, but you think that Bush's piles of bullshit are rose petals and you eagerly stick your nose into them?
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    Aw c'mon....

    Quote Originally Posted by Reynolds531
    Clinton was a bullshitting genius, but Bush is at least an exceptionally gifted bullshitter.


    For example, does Bush's intitial estimate of the cost of the Medicare drug benefit qualify as bullshit, or was it gross incompetence? Why can you smell Clinton's bullshit from a mile away, but you think that Bush's piles of bullshit are rose petals and you eagerly stick your nose into them?
    ..you know cons think GW's sh!t does'nt smell.
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    Wink

    PMs for the whole lot of you!!!

    Then again, when you have an entire forum dedicated to marginally clad women to look at, maybe...maybe we are safe for a bit. (not that there is a THING wrong with it!)
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    Just don't don any humorous alter egos.

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    PMs for the whole lot of you!!!

    Then again, when you have an entire forum dedicated to marginally clad women to look at, maybe...maybe we are safe for a bit. (not that there is a THING wrong with it!)
    Bullshit and near nekkidity are fine, but humor -- your PM with light up like a goddamn Christmas tree.

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