Dunning Kruger

I would like to take a few moments to mention the Dunning-Kruger effect. Simplified it means the more you think you know, the less you actually know.

Simply, I am a Jack of all trades, master of none. Excepting maybe lasers. According to various aptitude tests, I am average. Therefore I typically conclude that at least half the people in the room are smarter than I. What I am is the demographic of a Trump supporter, I even wore a red ball cap long before it was a thing. So do I think I know a lot about politics? Nope, I just have observations and thoughts. I just notice that my thoughts rarely match up with mainstream media. They haven’t for as long as I can remember.

That brings me back to the Dunning Kruger effect. The self appointed experts of politics in the media seem to be excellent examples of the effect. I am looking at you Rachel Maddow, Fareed Zakaria, Sean Hannity, and Joe Scarborough. Has anyone kept a scorecard?

Although there has never been a specific reference to the Dunning Kruger effect, I have been told many many times that I do not know what I am talking about. Then again I don’t come across as knowing what I am talking about.

Yes Dunning-Kruger is a real thing. What I do not know is what to call people that believe those who define the effect? Of course when I go to look it up, I get the definition “A Trump Supporter”. Of course it is the self appointed experts saying that.


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