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Dunning-Kruger Effect

jonfwilkins on 15. Feb, 2011 — Lang: English

Dunning-Kruger Effect
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    Dunning-Kruger Effect

    Hey Dev, have you ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

    No, what's that?

    It is the phenomenon where the people who have the least skill or knowledge about a subject tend to overestimate their abilities, and are incapable of recognizing genuine skill in others.

    So, when I meet people in an academic environment, I should assume the people who talk most about their accomplishments are actually the least competent.

    Where did you learn how to do that?

    Well . . .

    that's a good rule of thumb for a lot of people, but I'm really good at judging people's skills myself.

    I've watched a few episodes of Lie to Me

    Do you feel like there's some irony here?

    No, I don't think so . . .

    I'm particularly skilled at detecting irony, so if there were anything ironic here, I would have noticed it.

    Right.

    Tags:
    science, psychology
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