“Calling B*!!$#@t” Class

Welcome to Butte Public Library’s new “Calling Bullshit” class!1

What, exactly, is bullshit? American philosopher Henry Frankfurt first coined the term in 1985, and academics have debated the question ever since. For the purposes of this class,

Bullshit is language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence. read more…

Hot Topics – Potential Consequences of the American Health Care Act

What’s in the Health-care Bill the House Just Passed? The Atlantic, May 4, 2017

American Health Care Act, Congressional Budget Office, March 13, 2-17

On the AHCA Vote and the Future of American Health Care (podcast), Brookings Institute, May 4, 2017

American Medical Association Condemns House Healthcare Passage, The Hill, May 4, 2017

Allowing States to Define “Essential Health Benefits” Could Weaken ACA Protections Against Catastrophic Costs for People with Employer Coverage Nationwide, Brookings Institute, May 2, 2017

Five Big Consequences of Trumpcare Win, BBC, May 4, 2017

The Facts on the GOP Healthcare Bill, Factcheck, May 4, 2017

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WWI Memorial Exhibition @Carle Gallery

April 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the US entry into WWI. The Carle Gallery is hosting an exhibit to celebrate this commemoration.

The exhibit consists of both informational and copies of WWI propaganda posters from the Library of Congress online collection. The text focuses on the impact in Montana, particularly in Butte.

 

“Calling B*!!$#@t” Evening Class

Calling BullshitJoin the Butte Public Library beginning in April for an 8-week class on “Calling B*!!$#@t”. Every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 from April 4th-May 23rd, anyone interested in exploring the nature of arguments, facts, and thoughtful analysis is welcome as we explore the following in a course-like environment:

Topics

Week 1: Introduction to B*!!$#@t
Week 2: Spotting B*!!$#@t
Week 3: Logical Fallacies
Week 4: Statistical traps
Week 5: Visualization
Week 6: The ethics of calling B*!!$#@t.
Week 7: Fake news
Week 8: Refuting B*!!$#@t

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