I first thought this was a joke, but it isn’t. Someone actually ran a study about how well people can detect bullshit. And the result is a wonderfully-written paper (which I’ll copy here, because the original will probably get its URL changed).

I haven’t finished reading it yet (my attention span isn’t what it used to be) but I’m posting it here because it’s clearly an impressive piece of work and is so relevant today, when it seems that you bump into idiots professing the truth no matter where you turn your ears.

Thanks to the authors for getting it done! I’m sure they had to jump through many hoops to have their project approved.