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SkepSun #115 (11_30_2014)

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

The Dunning-Kruger Effect, William Hung, and National Geographic

“False modesty can be worse than arrogance.”
-David Mitchell

Inspired by one of great social psychology reads I’ve come across, You Are Not So Smart…

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Ignorance feels so much like expertise

In the Pacific Standard, David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger effect writes:

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.

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What is the Dunning-Kruger effect and how does it relate to pool and open water swimming?

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.
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Pool Training

Are you a poor logician? Logically, you might never know

By Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol and Richard Pancost, University of Bristol

This is the second article in a series, How we make decisions, which explores our decision-making processes. 1,468 more words


Why do we Overestimate Our Competence and How is this Affecting Our Performance?

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

2. Know Yourself

Jimmy Kimmel Strikes Again - "We're All Confident Idiots", here's why...

Stumbled upon this curious article by David Dunning, a Professor of Psychology at Cornell University, for PSMag.com entitled  – “We Are All Confident Idiots… 250 more words

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