How To Spot Bullshit - Princeton Professor Explains Why Ignorance Of The Truth Matters

Princeton Professor Harry Frankfurt provides a succinct primer on why truth needs to prevail over bullshit - something that could be helpful for many.

"People should care about the truth, because the truth is the truth about how things are and it's important us to recognize how things are, not to pretend that it's something else. If you have the truth you know what reality is like, if you don't you're ignorant of reality"

"We are living in an age in which there's another alternative to the truth, and that's bullshit"

"The reason why there's so much bullshit I think is that people just talk. If they don't talk they don't get paid. The advertiser wants to gain sales, the politician wants to get gain votes. Now, that's ok, but they have to talk about things that they don't really know much about. So since they don't have anything really valid to say, they just say whatever they think will interest the audience, make it appear that they know what they're talking about - and what comes out is bullshit."

"The danger is that there will be a loss of concern for the truth, and that I believe is an insidious assault on the fundamental principles of society."