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Science Says You’re An Idiot If You Share Inspirational Quotes On Social Media

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Everyone knows you can’t possibly accomplish anything without boldly proclaiming it on social media via anonymous proverbs, vague inspirational quotes, or motivational hashtags. That’s just a cold hard fact. How else am I going to roll out of bed — already a half hour late — throw on my work boots and punch that clock if I don’t post the silhouette of an eagle in an open morning sky with the words “Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly” in a calligraphic font. Is that barbell going to lift itself at the gym without #RiseAndGrind or #StriveForGreatness in the caption of a pre-workout selfie? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m certainly not taking any chances on finding out.

Apparently BIG BUSINESS is threatened by all of us “aspiring entrepreneurs” and has paid some Canucks to bring down our legitimacy by questioning our intelligence.

From VICE:

PhD candidate Gordon Pennycook [from the University of Waterloo] and four other researchers assert that there is a link between low intelligence and being impressed by seemingly profound quotes.

In the study, the researchers used a website called, which generates random statements meant to sound profound like, “This life is nothing short of an ennobling oasis of self-aware faith,” or, “Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is guidance.”

In the study, nearly 300 participants were presented with various statements, including those of the “bullshit” variety, and asked to react to them by rating their profoundness on a scale of one to five, classifying quotes as either profound, bullshit, or mundane. They were also given tests meant to measure their cognitive ability and personality.

Those who were unable to detect the bullshit and rated the pseudo-profound as actually profound were determined to be lower in intelligence, less likely to engage in reflective thinking, and more likely to hold conspiratorial or paranormal beliefs.

I can’t be keeping track of every sentence said or written throughout the existence of mankind. I just don’t have the time. So yeah, I find a deeper meaning in a randomly generated phrase that makes zero sense. What of it? Ever hear of a little thing called “abstract art?” Some jackass will just throw paint at a canvas, with no rhyme or reason, and leave it open to interpretation of the viewer. No one ever throws shade at the mental midgets that try to see a blue board for more than just a blue board. Yet, they’re coming at individuals like your boy who just wants to better themselves — while simultaneously shouting from the mountain tops for all the whole world to hear, or at least the ten or so people that haven’t figured out how to unsubscribe from me on Facebook. I’m simply speaking for those who already have a predominant and unwanted voice. #NeverGiveUp

[via VICE]

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Dan Regester

Dan Regester @Dan_Regester is a Senior Writer, Podcast Host, and Video Guy for Grandex Media. He's Delco trash to the core and a UCF cinema studies graduate because he never got around to applying to an actual film school. Dan is a gambling man, crypto investor, and procrastinator. He enjoys long walks to the water fountain between bench press sets and is not a fan of the homeless, the elderly, or the Phoenix Airport. Email tips to

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