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Dunning-Kruger Effect (partially) debunked


Ivanhoe

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According to the debunker, anyways;

https://scitechdaily.com/math-professor-debunks-the-dunning-kruger-effect/

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The Dunning and Kruger experiment did find a real effect – most people think they are better than average. But according to my team’s work, that is all Dunning and Kruger showed. The reality is that people have an innate ability to gauge their competence and knowledge. To claim otherwise suggests, incorrectly, that much of the population is hopelessly ignorant.

 

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12 minutes ago, Ivanhoe said:

To claim otherwise suggests, incorrectly, that much of the population is hopelessly ignorant.

I am not sure scientific evidence supports that.

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The argument is not that the population is ignorant but that their confidence scales inversely to their knowledge of the subject in the early phase of understanding the subject. 

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3 hours ago, Ivanhoe said:

Some, probably most, understand they have weaknesses and know where their competence is limited.  We've all met a distressing number of folks who refuse to accept that they are incompetent even though everything they touch turns to crap.

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And it happens to most people, even (or particularly) those who are highly competent in one field and extend their confidence to unrelated areas.

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