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Dunning-Kruger Effect: Projecting baseless confidence is a freak show.

Paulo Laureano
Paulo Laureano Opinion

The less you know about a subject, the more likely you will poorly judge how ignorant you indeed are. Projecting confidence seems like a good strategy in life, which is a dangerous combination.

 

Knowing very little about psychology, and therefore in an attempt to avoid falling into the Dunning-Kruger Effect all over this article, I recommend you read about from the authors directly:

https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Unskilled-and-unaware-of-it%3A-how-difficulties-in-to-Kruger-Dunning/f2c80eef3585e0569e93ace0b9770cf76c8ebabc?p2df

…now that you are back, after reading the paper and much wiser than you were before you read it, let’s proceed.

I am a big fan of humble people with a grip on reality.

I like the majority of ordinary people. Realizing they do not know enough about medicine, and therefore should “probably” follow doctors’ orders. However, I see a few very vocal and loud individuals stating that they are not “convinced” a vaccine is a good idea on the other side of the spectrum.

Getting a grip on what science knows about the human immune system takes years of study; these individuals are not equipped at all with the toolkit of knowledge and the skillset required to understand the problem; how can they be “convinced” of the merits of the potential solutions?

You are gullible when you are this ignorant on medicine. But, unfortunately, there is no quick fix for that, and conspiracy theorists are not the solution either. I understand the nature of your discomfort, but you have to get over it.

Please don’t give me the “our freedom, our body” speech… Sure, you have the option to do the wrong thing. Good for you. You know, what really messes with your freedom? Being in the hospital, unable to breathe, and needing a ventilator.

Just remember the Dunning-Kruger effect next time some wacko speaks.

 

 

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