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Unread 09-12-2014, 08:40 AM
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Default Topics where people think they're smarter than you

One thing I've noticed is that people often think they're smarter than I am about something even though they aren't. Lots of people are smarter than I am about lots of things, don't get me wrong. But I think it's funny when people with hardly any knowledge or experience about something act like know-it-alls. I'm sure we all tend to do this sometimes, so I was just wondering what topics this is most likely to happen with. Here are my picks:

Medicine
Diet
Exercise
Morality
Psychology
Relationships
the opposite sex
Religion

That's a very incomplete list. Someone feel free to add to it. My main point is that people seem to be know-it-alls when it comes to these things and think that their view is so superior to everybody else's. (I'm not saying I'm not guilty of this sometimes; I probably am).
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Unread 09-12-2014, 10:21 AM
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About life,

My 18 year old daughter thinks she knows everything because she has google and us old fogies don't know anything.

I hope she is like her 25 year old brother and apologizes when she pulls her head out of her butt.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 10:59 AM
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I hope she is like her 25 year old brother and apologizes when she pulls her head out of her butt.
Don't give up hope......Some of us can even take longer than 25 (like ME!!!!)
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If you know you know more, why are you engaging them on such subjects and getting upset with the results? Shouldn't you know better than that?
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Unread 09-12-2014, 11:39 AM
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If you know you know more, why are you engaging them on such subjects and getting upset with the results? Shouldn't you know better than that?
Wut? Who said I was getting upset or that I seek to engage these people? It's just something I noticed .

The only time that I do continue the conversation is when it's a part of my job.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 11:50 AM
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a short excerpt from wiki's article on the Dunning-Kruger_effect


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The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their ineptitude.

David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University conclude, "the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others".
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Unread 09-12-2014, 12:12 PM
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a short excerpt from wiki's article on the Dunning-Kruger_effect
Very cool. I'll have to look into this some more. The article seems to use the words 'skills' and 'abilities,' but I'm not sure that's going to be applicable to all these cases (e.g. giving dieting advice). Maybe the researchers meant the term very broadly. I also wonder if this is what's going on in the teenager case troypulk mentions or if that's something different.

*Disclaimer: All of the above is just me wondering out loud. Please don'g take me to have been asserting anything. Note the uses of 'seems,' 'maybe,' and 'wonder.'
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Wut? Who said I was getting upset or that I seek to engage these people?
No one said it. Thought I'd risk humiliation and read too much into what you wrote.
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a short excerpt from wiki's article on the Dunning-Kruger_effect
I guess at some point you are so stupid you believe you are smart.
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I guess at some point you are so stupid you believe you are smart.
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I got dibs on using that in my signature.
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