How Good Are You?

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

[Picture of Simon Cowell on Red X Factor sign]MY ESSAYS on this site are about correcting so much that I encounter that is misunderstood, misinterpreted or wrong. I mix the anecdotal and personal with the scientific and philosophical — and even the religious. My aim is always to guide my reader to use his or her brains, to reconnect their experience to the truth, and not to correspond to the media’s revisionist version.

I like to think that I am not stating that I am 100 per cent right and everyone else is completely wrong, I just go on my own hunches, memories and knowledge base, and I ask my reader to consider the evidence and make up his or her mind.

Thank goodness too; the truth is that we are all very poor at estimating how clever we are, how skilled we are or even how stupid we are!

Round about the year 2000, came out the published experiments of David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University.  They came up with what-is-now-known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

The Dunning-Kruger Effect has something of a wow-factor, and so I felt that I just had to share it here as it might prove useful to be aware of its existence. Read the rest of this entry »