People Who Post Inspirational Quotes Are Actually Dumb: Study

Posted: Dec 7 2015, 9:10pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 8 2015, 8:36pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


People who Post Inspirational Quotes are Actually Dumb: Study
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People who are more receptive to so-called inspirational quotes have lower levels of intelligence.

Do you love inspirational quotes and keep your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed cluttered with them? 

If answer is yes, then this is something for you.

A new study entitled ‘On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bulls***t’ have found that the people who share these so called inspirational quotes too often tend to have lower levels of intelligence. 

Researchers asked 845 volunteers to rank a series of statements on the basis of how profound they thought they are and whether they agreed with them. Then, the participants were asked to perform a few cognitive tests. The tests involved real-life quotes, vague tweets, popular aphorisms as well as randomly generated sentences from a website. The outcome of these cognitive tests reflected how receptive people are to nonsense. 

“Although bulls**t is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception – critical or ingenuous – has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation,” said lead researcher Gordon Pennycook, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

“We focus on pseudo-profound bulls**t, which consists of seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true or meaningful but are actually vacuous.”

“Our results supports the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bulls**t. Those more receptive to bulls**t are less reflective, lower in cognitive ability – numeracy, verbal and fluid intelligence, are more prone to ontological confusions and conspiratorial ideation, are more likely to hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.” Lead author concludes. 



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