Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” — Stephen Hawking

YOU'VE probably been hearing a great deal about the Dunning-Kruger effect of late — the phenomenon in which an incompetent person is too incompetent to recognize his own incompetence. In the video at the bottom of the page, following a short Huffington Post written intro, the astute and exceedingly intelligent Stephen Fry explicates the Dunning-Kruger effect and Salience Bias

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says
“The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence.”

By Ed Mazza
May 12, 2017

Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.

But there is a psychology lesson that could help explain it, according to Cambridge University-educated actor Stephen Fry, who was voted the most intelligent person on TV in the United Kingdom.

For example, researchers found students who were least proficient often overestimated their own abilities.

“The skills they lacked were the same skills required to recognize their incompetence,” Fry said. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge.”

That’s now known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.

In a new clip that Pindex put together, Fry also explains how Salience Bias and the power of repetition help shape views more than facts.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad this is making the rounds - it helps us understand thinking that looks like insanity. Frye explains it well.