ALA Meet the Authors Event: Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West
Information School Associate Professor Jevin West and Biology Professor Carl Bergstrom will discuss their book, "Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World" at a Meet the Authors event during ALA Annual, taking place online this year. They will take audience questions in a Q&A session moderated by iSchool Professor Michelle Martin.
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.