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Sunday, June 12, 2005


I don't like The Australian & hence haven't purchased a copy since 1986. Phillip Adams shits me at times too. But this is superb. Even if it is just a positive critique

Worse than lying by Phillip Adams
As well as all the bull in politics, there's even more in our metaphoric and colloquial language. People are bullish, bull-headed and take the bull by the horns. A Hereford herd of bulls at the gate also wrecks china shops and thunders down Wall Street - to lock horns with the Angus, Longhorns and Brahmins that provide bullshit, bulldust and bullshit artists.

And now bullshit is the subject of serious philosophical inquiry in a little book called On Bullshit, published by the highly respected Princeton University Press. To the surprise and delight of the author, it's stampeding out of bookshops all over the world.

The words of wisdom on this improbable subject come from a 76-year-old moral philosopher, Harry G. Frankfurt. Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at Princeton University in the US, he has been studying bullshit for more than 20 years and has come to the conclusion that bullshitting is at least as bad, and probably worse, than lying.

And while we'll at it: Af-flu-en-za

1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

What's this to do with cycling? A great deal, it influences a myriad of issues, from car culture to road behaviour to community attitudes to idiotic infrastructure decisions made by our governments who are in turn unduly influenced by corporations.Transportion and Urban Design Simply translate the Americisms for Australian conditions. It's not too difficult; Prado, Suburban, AUV, Disco.....


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