Came across the term "Dunning-Kruger Effect" this morning whilst looking something up online. Normally, I wouldn't have been up so early, but the guy who came to mark the utility lines for the upcoming fence replacement showed up at the crack of dawn, so there I was ...
Well, not exactly. What it points out is that there is a cognitive bias wherein people suffer from illusionary superiority in which they rate themselves above average when in fact they are not.
Darwin's line: "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than knowledge."
The protocols for the theory come from test-taking, in which people with the highest scores sometimes underrated themselves, while those with the lowest scores thought they did much better than they actually did.
And how did I happen upon this lovely term?
Recently the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., an organization to which I have belonged for thirty-some odd years, had elections. One of the people running for President was Steven Gould, who, it was announced today, won in what is termed "a landslide."
The term "landslide" is seldom used in SFWA elections, in which voter turnout is generally in the low hundreds and the winner sometimes does that by a handful of votes.
Apparently the reason Gould won so handily was because his opponent was one Theodore Beale, a man who, if one can believe anything on the internet, has some extreme positions on various and sundry things. He sometimes writes under a pseudonym, "Vox Day," and has, according to the wiki, been a game designer and musician.
Whoever wrote the Rationalwiki seems to think the guy is a loon, unless his tongue is so firmly placed in his cheek as to require Superman to remove it:
Some quotes from that wiki, regarding Beale:
Some of his most brilliant insights are to be found on Vox Popoli or in The Irrational Atheist. On homosexuality, he says:
“”Homosexuality is a birth defect from every relevant secular, material, and sociological perspective...[we must] help them achieve sexual normality.
“”You silly English twit. Limit your historically ignorant, politically correct, socialist sensitivity concerns to Londonistan and the rest of your island.
“”[I]mpaired social cognition... is the hallmark of the militant New Atheists. [T]he anti-religious socially autistic crusaders... simply cannot understand that your religious beliefs, whatever they might be, are no legitimate concern of theirs. High Church atheism may be little more than a mental disorder taking the form of literal autism.
“”It is absurd to imagine that there is absolutely no link between race and intelligence.
“”The Israeli government must announce to the world a unilateral ceasefire, balanced by the deadly promise that for every Israeli soldier killed, 25 Palestinian police will die. For every civilian, 100 non-combatant Palestinian adults will be slain, and for every child, 1000 adults.
“”Because they are the intellectual driving force of humanity, men will be fine... It is written that women ruin everything.