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:
David Dunning: We Are All Confident Idiots
Reddit AMA: David Dunning
xkcd is not worried:
Thankfully, the Flynn effect tells us that in general we’re getting smarter.