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Everybody's An Expert

Have you ever met somebody that believes they are smarter, funnier, or more athletic than they really are?  Of course you have.  People like that are everywhere.   410 more words

The Dunning-Kruger effect and American media

On July 24, I wrote about the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect coined by the late Michael Crichton about our misplaced trust in Big Media.

There is a psychological condition that appears to affect some journalists in Big Media. 3,388 more words


Conclusion: Appraising Ignorance and Illusion

The title of this post is identical to the title of the final chapter of The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone (Unabridged), written by Steven Sloman and Phillip Fernbach. 557 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data

A Portrait Of Knowledge

Slingshotting You

Imagine the time of a few centuries back when people used to think that earth was the center of the universe and a deity created life using magic. 1,517 more words

Why Writers Should Hire Editors

I was reading an article recently about Donald Trump that basically said the explanation for the way he behaves is something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Wikipedia describes the Dunning-Kruger effect as “a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is” – which basically means that he’s so stupid, he can’t recognise his own stupidity. 1,079 more words

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Theresa May and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Is there anyone who didn’t enjoy Theresa May’s calamitous election result? I’m willing to bet even her most ardent, blue-rinse supporters — or those deeply concerned about how Brexit will play out — stifled a little smile at an act of cynically calculated hubris going so spectacularly wrong. 237 more words

Letter to Jeff Bezos -- a short story

Jeff Bezos is closer than ever to becoming the world’s richest person. — news item

“Dear Mr Bezos:

I LOVE Amazon! I use it constantly. I grab my friends by the lapels and shake until they agree to join Amazon Prime (the greatest bargain since time began!), and I thank God every night that you created it all. 218 more words