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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