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.
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