Self Defense Against BS

Arguing with Idiots: a Brief Guide

People who tell you not to argue with idiots are probably idiots. Here's a handy guide on how to do it properly without being an idiot yourself.

On Remaining Unbiased in the Age of Bullshit

The media needs to stop catering to both confirmation bias and the temper-tantrums of those who abuse it.

Know Your Bullshit – Magnified Minority

A magnified minority is a type of bullshit in which a group of people on the fringes of an area of expertise is gathered to disingenuously misrepresent or undermine the consensus of that field. Here's how that works.

Know Your Bullshit: Firehosing

If you feel like it's getting harder and harder to keep up with the stream of BS, that's because it is, and that's on purpose.

Why Your Social Media Groups are Making You Dumber

Social media covers up the fact that half of us are not nearly so bright as the other half and very few of us are as smart as we think we are.

Fighting is Easy, Winning is Hard – The Same Goes for Arguing

Why internet arguments almost always become puerile shouting matches that solve nothing and are as satisfying as trying to eat a bowl of steam.

Crawl Out of Your Cave

If we’re going to make it as a species we need to devote time to more than staring at our own navels and the little boxes we hold in front of them.

Mental Weakness and the “Just World” Fallacy

If you believe the world is "just", in its very nature, you have no personal responsibility to pursue making it better.

The Dunning-Kruger Dunning-Kruger Effect

If you've never even read the abstract from David Dunning and Justin Kruger's "Unskilled and Unaware of it" but still insist on referring to the Dunning-Kruger Effect to try and dunk on someone, there's a good chance you fall under its purview.

Latest articles

The Martial Arts: A Haven For Sexual Predators

Notice the absence of a question mark at the end of this title. Let's confront some harsh realities, learn some uncomfortable facts, and then solve the damn problem once and for all.

26 Covid Delta Update – Boosters, Kiddos, and Sheep

Dr. Jason Goldsmith (MD, PhD) and Phrost discuss the current state of the pandemic, vaccines, and the collapse of the Intellectual Dark Web.

25 The Anime Episode with Gezere

Taking things down a notch and getting back to our roots, on this episode of the pod we feature the world's toughest Otaku, black belt in half a dozen styles (including the ones that actually count), retired US Army officer, and Bullshido forums legend, "Gezere", to discuss his role in popularizing Anime in the United States, and whatever the hell else he wants to talk about.

The Time Traveler’s Guide to the Worst Timeline

Congratulations, traveler! You have managed to find your way into the worst timeline. Feel free to panic. Essay on the low-key horror of our current reality, by Steve Mix