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New Meetup: The Dunning-Kruger Effect: On Remaining Ignorant of One’s Own Ignorance

From: Mike M.
Sent on: Monday, October 25, 2010 4:19 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The St. Louis Skeptics Meetup!

What: The Dunning-Kruger Effect: On Remaining Ignorant of One?s Own Ignorance

When: Monday, November 1,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis , MO 63130

Professor David Dunning of Cornell University will be discussing the Dunning?Kruger effect which he, along with Justin Kruger, put forth in the famous 1999 paper, Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. The Dunning?Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and reaches erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. This effect is even observed among college professors, 94% of whom rank their work as "above average" (relative to their peers).

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