Dunning, Kruger, and Berty Russell

Now, despite the frequent lack of interesting tidbits in a particular literary agent’s blog that I am wont to peruse (I make no judgements here, for certain we bloggers are all full of banality a good part of the time), I do believe I have found one of the best little skeckems of information I have read in a looooong time…

Actually, afore mentioned blog was only pointing we perusers to a wikipedia article that the author of said blog had encountered. However, it seemingly explains at least a wee bit of my problem with my lack of prolific writing, and at the same time, confirms what I have often noted: that all those fucking morons at large in the world out there think they’re a great deal cleverer than they are.

And so good old Bertrand sums it up perfectly:

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”

Mind you, as the article also points out:

“Thus, the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others.”

Thus I am left in somewhat of a quandry:

Am I wrong about myself, and thus incompetent, or am I wrong about others, and they’re not as confident as they seem?


~ by Gethin A. Lynes on March 24th, 2010.

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