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Offline Årne Longbörgenssen

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This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
« on: December 07, 2015, 12:30:23 PM »
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  • On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit

    Gordon Pennycook∗, James Allan Cheyne†, Nathaniel Barr‡,Derek J. Koehler†, Jonathan A. Fugelsang†

    Abstract
    Although bullshit is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception (critical or ingen- uous) has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation. Here we focus on pseudo-profound bullshit, which consists of seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous. We presented participants with bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning (e.g., “Wholeness quiets infinite phenomena”). Across multiple studies, the propensity to judge bull- brown trout statements as profound was associated with a variety of conceptually relevant variables (e.g., intuitive cognitive style, supernatural belief). Parallel associations were less evident among profundity judgments for more conventionally profound (e.g., “A wet person does not fear the rain”) or mundane (e.g., “Newborn babies require constant attention”) statements. These results support the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bullshit and that detecting it is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims. Our re- sults also suggest that a bias toward accepting statements as true may be an important component of pseudo-profound bullshit receptivity.
    Keywords: bullshit, bullshit detection, dual-process theories, analytic thinking, supernatural beliefs, religiosity, conspiratorial ideation, complementary and alternative medicine.

    http://journal.sjdm.org/15/15923a/jdm15923a.pdf
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    Re: This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
    « Reply #1 on: December 07, 2015, 12:44:13 PM »
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  • Here's a endless supply of random bullshit to amuse (or inspire?) your friends:

    http://wisdomofchopra.com/
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    Re: This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
    « Reply #2 on: December 07, 2015, 09:06:40 PM »
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  • I would recommend Harry Frankfurts essay "On Bullshit" for yourself.

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    Re: This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
    « Reply #3 on: December 27, 2015, 08:34:24 PM »
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  • On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit

    Gordon Pennycook∗, James Allan Cheyne†, Nathaniel Barr‡,Derek J. Koehler†, Jonathan A. Fugelsang†

    Abstract
    Although bullshit is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception (critical or ingen- uous) has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation. Here we focus on pseudo-profound bullshit, which consists of seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous. We presented participants with bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning (e.g., “Wholeness quiets infinite phenomena”). Across multiple studies, the propensity to judge bull- brown trout statements as profound was associated with a variety of conceptually relevant variables (e.g., intuitive cognitive style, supernatural belief). Parallel associations were less evident among profundity judgments for more conventionally profound (e.g., “A wet person does not fear the rain”) or mundane (e.g., “Newborn babies require constant attention”) statements. These results support the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bullshit and that detecting it is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims. Our re- sults also suggest that a bias toward accepting statements as true may be an important component of pseudo-profound bullshit receptivity.
    Keywords: bullshit, bullshit detection, dual-process theories, analytic thinking, supernatural beliefs, religiosity, conspiratorial ideation, complementary and alternative medicine.

    http://journal.sjdm.org/15/15923a/jdm15923a.pdf


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    Re: This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
    « Reply #4 on: December 31, 2015, 01:27:15 PM »
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  • So pot makes one dumb?


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    Re: This Just In:.....Dumb people think Dumb things are Deep
    « Reply #5 on: January 07, 2016, 07:33:25 PM »
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  • So pot makes one dumb?

    yes, but only pot. not medical marijuana.
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