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This man just realized we all live in the shadow of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

The site Britannica defines the Dunning-Kruger this way:

in psychology, a cognitive bias whereby people with limited knowledge or competence in a given intellectual or social domain greatly overestimate their own knowledge or competence in that domain relative to objective criteria or to the performance of their peers or of people in general. According to the researchers for whom it is named, psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the effect is explained by the fact that the metacognitive ability to recognize deficiencies in one’s own knowledge or competence requires that one possess at least a minimum level of the same kind of knowledge or competence, which those who exhibit the effect have not attained. Because they are unaware of their deficiencies, such people generally assume that they are not deficient, in keeping with the tendency of most people to “choose what they think is the most reasonable and optimal option.”

I like to summarise the definition as The incompetent don’t realize they are incompetent because they are incompetent. As an extra treat, they typically like to think they are pretty awesome at the very thing they are incompetent at!

In some strange way, people come to love their own cognitive fallacies, don’t they? Our brains seem to be wired for narcissism and the inability to think clearly.

Seeing that’s the case, I made a quick, funny (?) video on this nefarious cognitive fallacy and how it plays out in everyday life. I hope you enjoy it.

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Andrew Hall escaped a childhood of religious indoctrination and is now a non-miserable human being. He's made millions of people laugh as well as angry. (He hopes he's made the right people annoyed.) Targets...