Forum - Exploring the Concepts of Bullsh*t - Carl Angotti

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Mountain View Community Center

201 S Rengstorff Ave · Mountain View, CA

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This presentation is based on the concepts discussed in the book “On Bullshit” by Harry G. Frankfurt, 2005, Princeton University Press - Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Princeton.

We will explore such concepts as:

What is BS?
Why is there so much of it?
What is the Difference between BS and a Lie?
What is a BS Artist?
What do the New Ideas of Modern Psychology have to contribute?

As such, this presentation will focus on some of the major concepts discussed in Frankfurt’s Book. These ideas will be combined with those of modern psychological knowledge and how it operates to enhance, and even contribute to the BS found all around us. These ideas can illustrate how most, if not all, of us contribute to the pool of BS in the World.


This presentation will be given by Carl Angotti, a longtime member of the Humanist Community. He is trained and worked as an Electronic Engineering Product Development Consultant in Silicon Valley for many years. He holds an BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS from USC in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Business from SJSU. He has also been an amateur student of Philosophy, Psychology and Economics since his youth and early adulthood.

He was intrigued by the concept of BS and how it operates in everyday life, in advertising and in politics.

After the Forum, please join us for a lunch at 12:30pm. The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.

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Head south (away from the Bay) on Rengstorff Ave. (in Mountain View) from 101 or Central Expressway until you cross the train tracks. Then turn left at the intersection (with a traffic light) that says "Stanford Ave.-->" and
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