Quantum Bullshit Detector

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Twitter is a good medium for this:



  1. Dan Romer said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 9:50 am

    The question is, who determines if the Bullshit Detector is full of Bullshit?

  2. BillR said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 10:03 am

    It's recursive?

  3. Thaomas said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 11:39 am

    Still subject to the Halting Problem.

  4. Christian Weisgerber said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 11:44 am

    Looking at the tweets, I see that it is a detector for quantum bullshit rather than a quantum detector for bullshit, as I had initially surmised.

    And by "quantum bullshit" I don't mean bullshit with actual quantum properties, but bullshit that includes a label "quantum" somewhere.

  5. Balkon Hotel said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 1:33 pm

    Quantum Bullshit Detector @BullshitQuantum Meaning is not bullshit, because he tells it as it is. At first I was a little confused reading bullshit but for a long time I understood

  6. Lacak Pos said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

    But why do you have to use Bullshit sentences?

  7. David said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 2:06 pm

    Anyone who uses "quantum" outside of actual physics should be required to explain Schrödinger's equation.

  8. Andy Stow said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 3:04 pm


    My bullshit detector says the word is a heck of a lot older than quantum mechanics.


  9. Rick Rubenstein said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

    That which is truly quantum eventually succumbs to decoherence, whereas quantum bullshit succumbs to incoherence.

  10. Gregory Kusnick said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 8:32 pm

    Andy: But apparently sense #6, the use of "quantum" as a modifier (which is presumably what David meant), does not predate quantum mechanics. At least I'm unable to find any such usages prior to 1920, with the exception of legal jargon such as "quantum meruit".

  11. ktschwarz said,

    August 9, 2019 @ 11:28 pm

    "Quantum" and/or "Bullshit" in the page title must be a powerful attractor for spammers, such as the two first-time commenters above with links from their names.

  12. JPL said,

    August 10, 2019 @ 5:04 am


    Interesting. At least one of them provided an odd sentence to puzzle at: "At first I was a little confused reading bullshit but for a long time I understood". Why did this apparent speaker of perhaps Bahasa Indonesia choose "for" instead of "after" as a translation equivalent? Is there something about the meaning of the possible original Bahasa Indonesia expression that could have allowed this? Or maybe, since there is no full stop, they meant to add "… but then I began to get confused again". I'll bet that sentence is what set off the spam detector.

  13. Yerushalmi said,

    August 12, 2019 @ 2:33 am

    Why is there inconsistent capitalization?

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