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The Unbearable Asymmetry of Bullshit | Quillette

The author of this piece ele­gantly illu­mi­nates a seri­ous issue with the sci­en­tific pub­lish­ing sys­tem. What can be done to stop such ill-intentioned wind­bags‽

It’s a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion. Ignore you, and you win by default. Engage you, and you win like the pig in the proverb who enjoys hang­ing out in the mud. 

As the pro­gram­mer Alberto Bran­dolini is reputed to have said: “The amount of energy nec­es­sary to refute bull­shit is an order of mag­ni­tude big­ger than to pro­duce it.”

Source: The Unbear­able Asym­me­try of Bull­shit | Quil­lette