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
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 Channel | Facebook | Wikipedia | IMDb
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
Space.com: 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