On this week’s Skeptical Sunday we consider how difficult it is to truly ‘know thyself.’ We tend to be terrible at assessing our own skills and expertise. 287 more words
Tags » Dunning-kruger Effect
In the Pacific Standard, David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger effect writes:
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A whole battery of studies conducted by myself and others have confirmed that people who don’t know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance, whether it’s grammar, emotional intelligence, logical reasoning, firearm care and safety, debating, or financial knowledge.
Imagine these brief vignettes:
- You’re swimming in the pool lane and it’s going pretty much as it usually goes. Outside the lane the rest of the pool is public recreational swimming. 1,641 more words
This week I visited a popular Chinese restaurant for an early dinner with my best friend. Got to the restaurant around quarter to five with a book, because I knew I’d have at least a 15 minute wait. 1,023 more words