Shocking Intelligence Indicator: The Red, White, and Untrue?

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted July 5, 2021

Dear Longevity Insider,

Dr. Anil Bajnath here with your Monday roundup.

As the fireworks went off, I couldn’t help but give thanks. We live in one of the greatest countries in this world, and I’m so grateful for good food, great times, and even better company.

A big part of health includes healthy relationships. So we made our way around our community this weekend and got to know those in our neighborhood.

The Fourth of July last year wasn’t as eventful. There weren't a ton of community gatherings as many felt uncertain with the pandemic. But with morale on the rise, we were proud to celebrate our country and our freedom as a group.

I couldn’t help but observe how great some people are with conversation. It really is an art. Have you ever met the guy who has all of the right answers to even the most difficult questions? He always knows just what to do and say to woo the crowd or easily diffuse any friction...

It’s as if everything he says comes out like pure gold. We all know “that guy.” According to a recent study, a human’s ability to BS just might be an indicator of his high intelligence.

Let me explain...

A sample of 483 undergraduates from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) volunteered to participate in this intriguing study.

“If someone is a good bulls----er, they are likely quite smart,” says Martin Turpin, a graduate student at the Reasoning and Decision Making Lab at the University of Waterloo and co-lead on the study recently published in the scientific journal Evolutionary Psychology.

Here are the logistics of Study 1: In Step 1 of the study, each participant generated explanations for 10 different concepts, four of which were fake. In Step 2, BS raters judged the explanations on a scale of 1 to 5. Finally in Step 3, researchers gave the participants a score on their ability to BS.

As stated in the study: “Responses given to fake concepts were summed to create an index of participants’ bulls--- willingness, with higher scores indicating a greater tendency to bulls---.”

There are many other factors to consider, but the mere concept is interesting to me. The researchers also made very clear that there was no correlation between a participant's ability to BS versus their willingness to do it. 

In Study 2, the researchers mirrored the steps of Study 1. However,  in the second study, the researchers studied the intelligence of all of the participants. The researchers admit, there’s much more work to be done to draw any solid conclusions on the topic… But it’s definitely interesting to consider… especially the next time you come across “that guy” at your next neighborhood BBQ.

“The current study merely provides preliminary evidence consistent with one plausible causal model,” the study said. “Future work should seek to explicitly probe the causal relation between intelligence and bulls--- ability if any such relation exists.”

I know you probably still have more questions.

To your longevity,

Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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