the Dunning–Kruger effect

One of the comics that I regularly read is “Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal” which is a daily comic despite the name. Today’s comic, your greatest weakness, was mildly funny (sorry Zach) but the mouse-over mentioned the Dunning–Kruger effect.

I’d never heard of the Dunning–Kruger effect so I browsed over to Wikipedia to see what it was. from the site:

“The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is.”

The research also suggested that high-ability individuals underestimate their own competence by assuming that others are equally capable.

I found myself wondering how one figures out which group one belongs to.

The article also included this gem:

“The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, because lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras.”

I found this quote to be the funniest thing in my RSS feed in a long time.

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