Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dunning-Kruger Elect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is the cogntive bias which, among other problems, allows dumb people to believe that they are smart. In a worrisome interview, the President-Elect told Chris Wallace that he doesn't need to read the Presidential Daily Briefings because 'he is smart':

“You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years,” he said. He added that he had instructed the officials who give the briefing: “‘If something should change from this point, immediately call me. I’m available on a one-minute’s notice.’”

Now, here is a guy who isn't smart enough to know that he isn't smart enough to serve in the position to which he... GAG... was elected. Genuinely smart person acknowledge their deficiencies and take steps to inform themselves in order to reduce them. A smart guy doesn't need to insist that he is smart, but dumb guys often feel the need to do so:

Now, I wouldn't be so freaked out if the last not-so-smart guy in the White House who ignored Presidential Daily Briefings saw the worst attack on U.S. soil occur on his watch... an attack that killed friends of mine. To think that this new idiot admits to ignoring his briefings before he has even taken his inaugural oath is giving me the creeping horrors.

This country is boned... SO BONED.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm smart and I want respect!

Grung_e_Gene said...

"I are smart. You think I'm stupid, but I'm like really smart."

- Trump the Pakled from Star Trek:TNG

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'm going to invent something for the Dunning-Kroger effect.