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 B - Bogosity


Bogosity: Latinate term introduced by hackers for bullshit of any kind - which, as it happens, is the main fair in any department of religion, politics, philosophy, or journalism, and indeed also of much science, that maybe pseudoscience for the most part, as in the soft sciences and large parts of modern "psychosocial medicine".

Here it is as given in the jargon-files

bogosity: /boh?go?s@?tee/, n.

1. [orig. CMU, now very common] The degree to which something is bogus. Bogosity is measured with a bogometer; in a seminar, when a speaker says something bogus, a listener might raise his hand and say My bogometer just triggered. More extremely, You just pinned my bogometer means you just said or did something so outrageously bogus that it is off the scale, pinning the bogometer needle at the highest possible reading (one might also say You just redlined my bogometer). The agreed-upon unit of bogosity is the microLenat. 2. The potential field generated by a bogon flux; see quantum bogodynamics. See also bogon flux, bogon filter, bogus.

Richard Feynman wrote three classical pieces on the subject in "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman?", viz. "Is Electricity Fire?", "Judging books by their covers" and "Cargo Cult Science".


Also see: Bullshit, Stupidity




 Original: Nov 16, 2010                                                 Last edited: 10 January 2012.   Top