There are many incompetent people in the world. Dr. David A. Dunning is haunted by the fear that he might be one of them. Dunning, a professor of psychology at Cornell, worries about this because, according to his research, most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. On the contrary. People who do things badly, Dunning has found in studies conducted with a graduate student, Justin Kruger, are usually supremely confident of their abilities -- more confident, in fact, than people who do things well. "I began to think that there were probably lots of things that I was bad at, and I didn't know it," Dunning said. Headline resplit and Content added by staff.
Comments: This explains where Obama´s confidence comes from. Incompetent people are more confident of themselves, than are people who are capable.
It has been so hard to impress on my children that they are actually smarter than average. Like this study says, they continue to think that everyone thinks like they do and therefore they aren´t all that smart. It hindered my son who was so convinced that he was nothing special and why should anyone hire him? Now he is getting the extra hours that others aren´t getting and he has been chosen to get the promotion and into a more responsible job. I hope he stops selling himself short. Oh and I should note that we instilled the work ethic in our kids and they actually do the job and turn up on time too.
There is a serious moral and ethical dimension to this. Remember the 7 Deadly Sins and their opposite virtues? Think about Pride vs Humility. Chesterton, in one of his Father Brown stories, wrote about the "arrogance of guessing".
The MSDNC hatemongers wallow in the unspoken pretense that they have some psychic power to see into the hearts of others and pompously declare them to be racist, uncaring, haters-of-true-science, etc.
Obama is certainly an example of this. But Michelle is an even better example. The woman is a dolt. But she´s been told all her life she´s something special, just because of the color of her skin. In fact, suspect that affirmative action really magnifies the phenomenon discussed in the article for just that reason.
These findinggs can be carried into the roots of the "god complex" that doctors and professors occupy. A poor performer amongst many others is not visible. All these yrs of the US Dept of Education telling us it´s a ´TBall world and everybody gets a trophy, feel good about yourself´ has reinforced this irreality among many professionals.
I have to chuckle at all those who are referencing this to Democrats. I´ll bet you $5 that the same article ran on one of their websites and THEY are all pointing at us! It´s all a matter of perception and perspective.
After earning a couple of engineering degrees, I had a pretty decent handle on how much there is in the world that I DIDN´T know. Also, I figured that while I was probably smarter than average, I was far from the smartest guy around. Helps keep you humble and working to improve. I have frequently quoted that great American philosopher, Harry Callahan - " A man has got to know his limitations."
D´rats ALWAYS get it wrong but never seem to be bothered that ALL their policies fail and usually produce the opposite of the results that they claim to have intended.
I guess it comes down to "Idiots are too stupid to even know that they are idiots."
I suppose what is measured as being competent should matter - life outcomes - like divorces etc.
That said, I doubt that the typical left-winger could survive in the private sector -beyond working as book-store clerks or baristas. The famous ones - a Kennedy - sure they survive - insulated by cash and connections. I recall that George McGovern - after his defeat in 1972 bought a B and B in New England - only to find out how difficult the private sector really was. I do not think that he thrived.
President Obama’s relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, Democratic aides say. (snip) Sources who attended a meeting of House chiefs of staff on Monday say the room was seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic Party and talk was of scrapping rollout events for the Affordable Care Act.
Despite the quiet here on this subject thus far at SiliconANGLE we have been keeping our eyes on what is possibly the biggest tech topic happening in the news right now. The issue at hand is the launch of ObamaCare online. It’s a hot topic that is philosophically dividing the country right now along political lines, along socio-economic lines, along just about every line there is to be divided over, many Thanksgivings could get cancelled over this (there’s also this big government shutdown) – it’s that contentious. Regardless of the variety of places to hear whatever facts and justification align
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