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Link found between low intelligence and falling for pseudo-profound statements

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posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:12 AM
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Did not know where to post this, but as it has to do with Dr. Chopra and his voodoo science and statements, paranormal studies (which is somewhat linked to those statements) are involved with this study. In short, people posting Dr. Chopra's trash on facebook, twitter etc. are according to study in groups with low(er) intelligence and are more likely to believe his fairy tales.

It is incredible how much bad language is used in study that at first it sounded like a joke... but apparently there is really a study...


A new study has found that people who buy into "pseudo-profound bullsh*t" – the researchers' words, not ours – are more likely to score on the low side for verbal and fluid intelligence, and are also more likely to believe in conspiracies and endorse alternative medicine.

What exactly is pseudo-profound bullsh*t, you might ask? In the context of this study, it's defined as statements that sound super deep but actually make very little sense – you know, the kind that one friend is always sharing on Facebook. For example: "Wellbeing requires exploration. To traverse the mission is to become one with it," and "Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract."

"Although this statement may seem to convey some sort of potentially profound meaning, it is merely a collection of buzzwords put together randomly in a sentence that retains syntactic structure," the researchers write in the journal Judgement and Decision Making.

It probably comes as no surprise that this kind of bullsh*t is everywhere these days, particularly when it comes to the Internet. But very little research has gone into why some people are so responsive to these types of statements, and so PhD student Gordon Pennycook and a team of researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada have published what they believe is the first study to "empirically investigate" bullsh*t.

And just in case you were wondering, yes, the word bullsh*it does appear in the article precisely 200 times, which is likely to be another first.

To test people's belief in pseudo-profound statements, the researchers used a random generator to come up with a range of nonsense quotes and sentences. They then asked 280 undergrad students to rate these statements from 1 to 5 based no how profound they found them, with 5 being very profound, and 1 being not at all.

The mean rating for the statements was 2.6, which is kinda high given that the statements didn't really make any sense at all. But what was more worrying was that 27 percent of the participants rated the sentences a 3 or more.

"These results indicate that our participants largely failed to detect that the statements are bullsh*t," write Pennycook and his team.

In a second experiment, the researchers mixed up the randomly generated sentences with "particularly vague" tweets posted by spiritualist Deepak Chopra. Again, this new group of participants rated the statements pretty similarly on the profundity scale.

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Source: www.sciencealert.com...




posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:17 AM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

Isn't that almost the same as this thread?



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:17 AM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

Not sure but I think there is a thread on this new study on the board now ....


Isn't that almost the same as this thread?
looks like People beat me to it by a nano-second :>)
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posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:21 AM
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seems to me that scientists, are out to make every one that doesn't accept their word to be idiots.
first there was this thread,
Scientists Figure Out What Type of Person Believes BS

now that i compare the two,looks like it could be the same study, i guess i'm one of those.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:36 AM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

There's already a thread on this subject. That's not to say the subject isn't interesting, though.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:42 AM
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you know the old saying comes to mind,

If you cant amaze them with brilliance,.. baffle them with bullsh@@.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 10:48 AM
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originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
seems to me that scientists, are out to make every one that doesn't accept their word to be idiots.
first there was this thread,
Scientists Figure Out What Type of Person Believes BS

now that i compare the two,looks like it could be the same study, i guess i'm one of those.



Right...

As for thread, mod, please close... as it appears it is the same study, just different article.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 11:03 AM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

This study is bull# and anyone who thinks themselves better than anyone else in such an insulting way is also a piece of it.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 11:16 AM
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My dimensional frequency vibrations which connect me with my past lives and access to the Akashic Record tell me that this is demonic trickery designed to keep me from reaching full soul consciousness on an etheric basis.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 11:43 AM
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you are talking about politicy right????? a reply to: SuperFrog



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 11:46 AM
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Funny they mention conspiracy theories, as it wasn't that long ago they said intelligent people are more likely to believe in them.There was a thread on here somewhere.



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 01:03 PM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

Explains why Sanders and Clinton can still exist in the political scenery...



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 07:51 PM
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a reply to: threeeyesopen

Aren't you kind of proving the point?

Just saying...



posted on Dec, 7 2015 @ 08:27 PM
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"Link found between low intelligence and falling for pseudo-profound statements'

That's one of the funniest thread titles I've read.

Å99



posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 03:06 AM
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a reply to: SuperFrog

Link found between low intelligence and falling for pseudo-profound statements.

Sounds like an argument for saying the lesser intelligent are no better than cattle and deserve to be treated as so .... as is stated in the book Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars.



posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 04:34 AM
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'You can't blame gravity for falling in love.'

The man who said that whas full of quotes but he must have been really stupid because he didn't even knew what gravity was.

No offense mr Einstein. Just kidding.



posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 10:01 PM
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originally posted by: hounddoghowlie
you know the old saying comes to mind,

If you cant amaze them with brilliance,.. baffle them with bullsh@@.


This is a salesmans perfect go to.



posted on Dec, 8 2015 @ 10:03 PM
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This explains Tumblr.



posted on Dec, 9 2015 @ 07:08 AM
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There is also a connection between stupidity and those (mostly scientists) who make arrogant statements about people whose philosophy/world view contradicts theirs.

Only the connection has not yet been soundly established statistically and published in peer-reviewed journals because there are none in the scientific community who dare to expose the stupid prejudices of their colleagues......



posted on Dec, 9 2015 @ 07:24 AM
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Research is obviously biased.

All religious people believe in profound bull#.




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