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Fact: Most inept people THINK they are smart

September 14, 2007
Oh boy… don’t EVEN get me started.
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Dunning-Kruger effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is the phenomenon whereby people who have little knowledge systematically think that they know more than others who have much more knowledge.

The phenomenon was rigorously demonstrated in a series of experiments performed by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, then both of Cornell University.

  • incompetent individuals tend to overestimate their own level of skill,
  • incompetent individuals fail to recognize genuine skill in others,
  • incompetent individuals fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy,
  • if they can be trained to substantially improve their own skill level, these individuals can recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill.
  • Kruger and Dunning noted a number of previous studies which tend to suggest that in skills as diverse as reading comprehension, playing chess or tennis or operating a motor vehicle, “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” (as Charles Darwin put it).
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    1. riff jones permalink
      September 14, 2012 8:23 pm

      I wake up each day prepared to endure ignorant, talentless and inept people such as store workers, civil servants, politicians etc.

      TV is drenched in dumbass people who have little intellect or morals such as Big Brother, Come Dine With Me and the plethora of chat shows and game shows.

      The universities are full of academically incapable students who 30 years ago would never have got there.

      The internet is awash with poor spelling and blatantly ignorant mindsets, allowing an ocean of ignants! (my word for most people) to encroach on all areas of desired information dumbing it down beyond belief.

      The streets are full of inept drivers who ALL think they are the best driver when actually perhaps only 10% are decent enough to drive near.

      The streets are full of the next generation, smoking pot and injecting anything they can whilst seeking the next victim for a head stomping or the next home for thieving.

      “am I one of those inept folk?”

      no im not, you see I have two proven IQ tests of 141 and 143 (apparently top 5% in the world) and passed my driving test after only 1 week of lessons.
      I have always done things to a higher quality than most men ie, writing, talking, problem solving, computers, driving, learning and so on and so on.

      what a boaster I am !
      YES and I love it !!!, because I know I am not one of the billions of inept people in this world and just knowing that somewhat makes up for all the dumbass interaction I have to endure from the vast majority of ignants! in the vast majority of environments.

      (if I have made spelling mistakes – GOOD ! – because I would hate to be completely perfect)

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