06 Aug '12, 3am

Bullshit vs Lying: "I want you to find happiness and stop having fun." - Lorelei Lee *** "In Eric Ambler’s novel...

"I want you to find happiness and stop having fun." - Lorelei Lee *** "In Eric Ambler’s novel Dirty Story, a character named Arthur Abdel Simpson recalls advice that he received as a child from his father: Although I was only seven when my father was killed, I still remember him very well and some of the things he used to say. … One of the first things he taught me was, “Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through.” ... What bullshit essentially misrepresents is neither the state of affairs to which it refers nor the beliefs of the speaker concerning that state of affairs. Those are what lies misrepresent, by virtue of being false. Since bullshit need not be false, it differs from lies in its misrepresentarional intent. The bulishitter may not deceive us, or even intend to do so, either about the facts or about what he takes the facts to be. What he does necess...

Full article: http://gssq.blogspot.com/2012/08/bullshit-vs-lying.html

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