The 2016 presidential race as viewed through a Dunning-Kruger lens

The peculiar nature of the campaign for the 2016 presidential election has provided political pundits an oversupply of fodder for their analyses. A prevailing assessment seems to be that Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina are achieving at least transitory success in the polls not because of any great depth of their policy discussions, … More The 2016 presidential race as viewed through a Dunning-Kruger lens

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You probably don’t know what you’re talking about – you only think you do.

The observation that people with limited knowledge of a topic believe they know more than they do is popularly known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, named after the psychologists who published the 2009 paper, Unskilled and Unaware of It: “How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments”[1] The paper analyzes and confirms this phenomenon … More You probably don’t know what you’re talking about – you only think you do.