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When you know someone is spreading bull dung, do you point out what it is to them? How, when, and why?

Posted - October 20, 2018


  • 3665
    Sometimes, yes. When It amuses me to do so. I don’t battle BS with more BS, like monkeys at the zoo. 
    I find that purveyors of said BS too often have little tolerance for rational contradiction, or they adjust their position upon being confronted. They don’t want to hear dissent, or are unprepared for it. This can be amusing.
    Sometimes a reasonable confab can emerge, and we can actually learn from each other. Thing is, falsehoods always lead to a dead end, and enough reason applied can render that dead end obvious. 
      October 20, 2018 7:12 PM MDT

  • 2337
    My Dad was a lot like that - one of his favourite pastimes in social situations.

    With such skills, you'd probably make a good investigative journalist or polemics interviewer.
      October 20, 2018 7:34 PM MDT

  • 3665
    I don’t know about all that, but I do read voraciously, and I desire to be well-informed about things that interest me. Doing so, I amass useful fodder for discussion. THAT I enjoy. 
      October 20, 2018 8:01 PM MDT

  • 2337
    Me too! :)
      October 22, 2018 1:19 AM MDT

  • 24450

      They should be made to go sit in the corner somewhere. Hey, wait . . . 
      October 20, 2018 8:13 PM MDT

  • 7207
    I do not entice or urge them on.  I do everything in my power to make a transition of topic and thought. This post was edited by Merlin at October 22, 2018 9:38 PM MDT
      October 21, 2018 2:03 AM MDT

  • 2337
    I'm going to adopt that strategy from now on. :)
      October 22, 2018 9:39 PM MDT

  • 7207
    Why, thank you Nom de Plume.  You just made my night! :) :)   I am tickled I may have offered a different approach.  :) :)
      October 22, 2018 10:41 PM MDT

  • 10678
    Yes....I tell those talking Bull S**** ....never ever step back without looking ,it hardly ever goes down well to walk around with S*** on your shoes....  :)
      October 21, 2018 2:33 AM MDT

  • 22370
      October 21, 2018 8:47 AM MDT

  • Nah, I'm too timid and shy. :P

      October 22, 2018 9:15 AM MDT

  • 11356
    Usually.  Sometimes it is to my advantage to allow them to crucify themselves.  Sometimes the substance is not important enough for the damage it might do to someone or a relationship.  But generally, yeah, I call BS where I find it.
      October 22, 2018 11:03 PM MDT