Aside: incompetent people too incompetent to know it

No analysis of lie today. But there is oh so much interesting related material in the world, so I will try to throw some out when I do not have time or energy for a full post.  Inspired by a remark in Krugman’s blog today, I suggest a minute or two reading about this (summary from Wikipedia):

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes….

Is someone lying if they are speaking falsehood because they are claiming expertise but are not expert enough to know they are wrong?  I say yes.  But what if they are so clueless that they lack the ability to even realize they are incompetent?  Hmmm?

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One response to “Aside: incompetent people too incompetent to know it

  1. Pingback: Stanton Glantz is a liar (as if that’s news) | Anti-THR Lie of the Day

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