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March 26, 2014

Real Genius.

The Effect.
Dunning-Kruger has long been a favorite effect of mine, but I never saw the original paper (why would I read an "old" psychology paper when there's wikipedia?). Today I pointed it out to Mark Reid & Chris Wright, there was some banter, some laughs, and Mark linked to the original Dunning-Kruger paper*.

The acknowledgments caught my eye:


No, not the NIH R01 grant that supported this research. Look at the acknowledgments.

Some googling "confirmed" -- that's emergency physician Boris Veysman* back when he was an undergrad psych major at Cornell. He writes a lot of "narrative" pieces -- I particularly like this one.

I guess the lesson is to read the paper, or: "Always... no, no... never... forget to check your references."

I'll end with the epitaph from Dunning & Kruger:
It is one of the essential features of such incompetence that the person so afflicted is incapable of knowing that he is incompetent. To have such knowledge would already be to remedy a good portion of the offense. 
(Miller WI. Humiliation. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press)

Great discussion of Dunning-Kruger by Lauren Westafer.

*PMID: 10626367 

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