Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Says the Hermit Who Hides in the Woods

Among the myriad oft-cited,
Never exactly replicated
Lab social science experiments

There’s one involving aphorisms
And student participant judges
In which, as a source summarizes,

Aphorisms were judged more profound
By the students who read rhymed versions
Than by students who read them unrhymed.

Ah, little strokes may tumble great oaks,
But who considers repetitive
Doggerel more profound than dense prose?

It’s the social scientist who gets
Credit for having revealed a truth,
And the truth that slips into the woods.

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