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Employing standard measures of intelligence (for example, the Wordsum test) and analyticity (for example, the Cognitive Reflection Test), the psychologists presented subjects with a number of meaningless statements produced by the New Age Bullshit Generator ( such as “We are in the midst of a self-aware blossoming of being that will align us with the nexus itself” and “Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is joy.” In four studies on more than 800 subjects, the authors found that the higher the intelligence and analyticity of subjects, the less likely they were to rate such statements as profound.

Conversely, and revealingly, they concluded that those most receptive to pseudo-profound BS are also more prone to “conspiratorial ideation, are more likely to hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.” Apropos of one of this column's skeptical leitmotifs, detecting BS, according to the authors, “is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims.” Skepticism should never be indiscriminate and should always be discerning of a claim's verisimilitude based on evidence and logic, regardless of language.

The Oxford English Dictionary equates it with “nonsense.” In his best-selling 2005 book on the subject, Princeton University philosopher Harry Frankfurt famously distinguished BS from lying: “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth.

Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.” BS may or may not be true, but its “truthiness” (in comedian Stephen Colbert's famous neologism) is meant to impress through obfuscation—that is, by saying something that sounds profound but may be nonsense.

But language matters, so it is incumbent on us all to transduce our neuro-phonemic excitatory action potentials into laconic phonological resonances unencumbered by extraneous and obfuscating utterances. Michael Shermer is publisher of Skeptic magazine ( and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.

His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia (Henry Holt, 2018).

He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed.

According to Ioannidis, there's scarcely a body of medical research that's not badly undermined by multiple factors that will create either bias or error.

And these errors persist, he says, because people and institutions are invested in them.

The Bullshit Free Dictionary is a platform that collects unconventional business definitions. Also, everyone can put their imagination to test and contribute with new words or definitions.

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