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


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