Stupid people don’t even realise it

The Dunning-Kruger effect. This is a remarkable theoretical and proven phenomena.

I didn’t know they’d proven it:

is a cognitive bias in which people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.

Meanwhile, people with true knowledge tended to underestimate their competence.

Basically, people are so stupid they don’t even realise they’re stupid.

Read a lot more here, where I came across it.

I don’t think I need to say a lot more, it’s got sooo many implications and is really thought-provoking.

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3 comments to Stupid people don’t even realise it

  • Cherry

    A rather commonplace example of this phenomena is when two people, traveling opposite ways on the same vector, meet and each make the decision to try and maneuver around the other in the same direction (i.e one moves to his left and the other moves to her right). Now discovering they have made zero progress toward actually getting around their respective obstacle, they again mirror each others movement, and wind up facing each other. This can continue to happen indefinitely, or until one realizes the mistakes both themselves AND the other person are making, and rectifies them.A good WoW application would be two raiders continually attempting and failing to separate themselves to avoid an encounter mechanic by making mirrored movements. In either case, the phenomena leads to quite a bit of awkwardness, and yes, a feeling of incompetence, between the two individuals involved

  • Arencey

    It’s true for the most part, until people with knowledge learn to be confident and stop underestimating their competence, that’s what goes into the makings of a great leader I imagine.

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