Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

On Pseudo-Profound Bullshit

Excellent scientific paper “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit“, nicely summarized for the layman in “Link found between low intelligence and falling for pseudo-profound statements. And conspiracy theories.”  Worthy of nomination for the Ig Nobel prize.

There is indication that people whose pattern-recognition is in overdrive (i.e. see patterns where there are none) are more likely believe in conspiracy theories.  Finding meaning where there is none may be an extension of that.

I think I am going to go and re-watch Peter Seller’s Being There.

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December 3, 2015 - Posted by | behaviour | , ,

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