Study Shows That People Find Fake Deepak Chopra Quotations “Profound”

Sure, we joked about it. We made memes about it. But in a shocking new development, scientists have confirmed… it’s true.

People really do think that randomly generated words strung together by the Wisdom of Chopra word generator are profound.

A new study in the November issue of the journal Judgment and Decision Making called “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit” has been published by a team largely from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology, led by Gordon Pennycook. The paper, which the authors cheekily acknowledge “may not be truly profound, [but] is indeed meaningful,” is a wry but serious analysis of four well-executed studies funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

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Animal Shelter Founder Claims to Speak with Your Dead Pets

The Great Dane Sanctuary, an animal shelter in Wisconsin, must be a pretty special place, given that the animals who die communicate with one of the founders:



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Make Sure You Ask These Questions Before Your Next Tarot Reading

Are you looking for some vague statements regarding your past, present and future? Then do I have the product for you! Making fun of Tarot cards feels a little like punching down. At best, I suppose it could be like a mini therapy session (albeit from an unlicensed and unqualified therapist): You kind of hear what you want to hear, and maybe a shift in perspective can help you make a decision you’ve been waffling on — more or less harmless when it comes down to it. At worst, though, it’s a huge scam that can trick unsuspecting customers out of their money.

For the most part, we can easily chalk up the majority of what Tarot readers do to Barnum statements and a general willingness to believe what we want to believe (check out this episode of Oh No Ross and Carrie for a great first-hand look at all of that). In an effort to be helpful, fellow Patheos blogger Lilith Dorsey of Voodoo Universe gave her readers nine questions they should ask before a Tarot reading.

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Dad Who Tried to “Cure” His Sons’ Autism with Homeopathic Medicine Loses Custody of Them

In a disturbing case out of Canada (with somewhat of a happy ending, at least), a father has lost custody of his autistic children after trying to “cure” them using homeopathic medicine.



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Nassim Nicholas Taleb Defends Homeopathy on Twitter

Author and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan, recently tweeted his support of homeopathy, with a series of statements:



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