New Age Bullshit Believers Have Low Cognitive Ability

More and more people consider themselves to be “spiritual”. And while few of them can actually pin down this term, many agree with “spiritual” wisdoms and statements that to the unenlightened mind make no sense at all. Like this one, for instance:

A Canadian study asked its participants to distinguish profound and mundane statements from bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning. This study concludes:

“Those more receptive to bullshit are less reflective, lower in cognitive ability (i.e., verbal and fluid intelligence, numeracy), 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.”