The Dunning-Kruger Effect

So fascinated by people who are so sure of themselves, I decided to learn a bit more about them. It’s a known phenomena but it wasn’t until 1999 a study showed that the effect was real. Bertrand Russel knew this a long time ago:

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world
the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt

So who is inept and who is evil? Is it just a lack of skills or is it a mental disorder? It’s not always easy to tell the difference. Here is what I’ve been reading to learn how stupid I am:

OpenCulture: John Cleese on “How Stupid People Have No Idea How Stupid They Are”

David Dunning: We Are All Confident Idiots

Reddit AMA: David Dunning

It made me think of the brilliant but scary movie “Idiocracy“. With media today it’s easy to think this is were we’re going.

xkcd is not worried:

Thankfully, the Flynn effect tells us that in general we’re getting smarter.

Wikipedia: Dunning-Kruger Effect | Grandiosity | Narcissism | Hanlon’s razor

Star Trek Continues

The original Star Trek was cancelled in 1969. Now it continues on YouTube or Vimeo. Made by fans and funded by kickstarter campaigns. Actors are not just fans and amateurs. Take a look at the cast. I found both Lou Ferrigno and Erin Gray there but you’ll easily recognize a few more. Read about it at Open Culture:

Open Culture: Watch Star Trek Continues, Fan-made sequel to original series

Site: Star Trek Continues | YouTube ChannelFacebook | Wikipedia | IMDb

A Message from Earth

Unlike Voyager and Pioneer the next space craft to leave the solar system, New Horizons, is not carrying a message from planet Earth. That can still be fixed. Onboard of New Horizons there is a computer that can be used to store a message when mission is completed beyond Pluto. What will the message be? How will possible aliens hack into the New Horizons computer to find the message? I’m curious to learn more about this project.

To learn more about the earlier probes leaving our Solar system you can check out the links in my post about the Voyager Golden Records.

Project web site: New Horizons Message

The Planetary Society: New Horizons One Earth Message NASA Pluto Probe May Carry Message to Aliens

Wikipedia: Jon Lomberg | Voyager Golden Record

The Viking Mars Missions

As a great fan of NASA’s exploration adventures in the 70’s I really enjoyed reading about the fantastic Viking missions at The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project.

Web site: The Viking Preservation Project

Google Cultural Institute:  The Virtual Viking Mission Museum NASA’s Viking Mars Missions Star in Virtual Exhibition Online

Leonard David: Viking Mars Program Preservation Project

NASA: Mission pages |  Viking images | Viking Mission

Wikipedia: Viking Program