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The Dunning-Kruger Effect
incompetents don't know they are incompetent
lawman

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 6:01 am on Feb 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

The Dunning-Kruger effect is the finding that the poorest performers are the least aware of their own incompetence.

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 6:35 am on Feb 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

<begin Boring Old Poop mode>
In my day we were content to refer to the Peter Principle and leave it at that.
</end BOPm>

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 2:21 am on Feb 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

That story resonates with this quotation from Sherlock Holmes.

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear


Of course those of us who are acutely aware of our own incompetence and mediocrity can console ourselves with the delusion that this must mean we are really an undiscovered genius.

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 7:32 pm on Feb 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

The same dumbness that causes their incompetence also prevents them from realizing that they're incompetent.

Well I'm not sure that I said that right, so if anyone understands it, maybe you can find a better way to say it.

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 4:43 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

maybe you can find a better way to say it.

Incompetent people are too incompetent to realize they're incompetent.

I usually use "stupid" instead of "incompetent."

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 5:43 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

Good thing some of you folks were born with all the knowledge you have now, or will ever need.

Threads like this, even in FOO, diminish Webmaster World.

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 12:56 am on Feb 22, 2014 (gmt 0)

maybe you can find a better way to say it.


That Blindness be, unto herself, veil'd.

Look at me, pretending to be Shakespeare!

Samizdata

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Msg#: 4641684 posted 9:45 pm on Feb 23, 2014 (gmt 0)

Threads like this, even in FOO, diminish Webmaster World.

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
Confucius

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
Shakespeare

"Foo threads are what the contributors make of them."
Samizdata

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