Thursday, March 24, 2016


The phenomenon was first tested in a series of experiments during 1999 by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of the department of psychology at Cornell University.[1][2] The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, because lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras.[3] The authors noted that earlier studies suggested that ignorance of standards of performance lies behind a great deal of incorrect self-assessment of competence. This pattern was seen in studies of skills as diverse as reading comprehension, operating a motor vehicle, and playing games such as chess or tennis.
One trips over the damnedest things on the web. Read carefully.*

 *I think I may be the last person in America who grew up with this on the bookshelf. It passes belief that this perfectly ordinary book, like Aesop's Fables or The Bobbsey Twins, survives in this day and age.
** I saw this evil film twice in Fort Riley when I was a Tenderfoot. (yep, I dindo a ** above. I like alert readers!)


Anne Bonney said...

I like the lemon juice story. Maybe there is an upside to scientific illiteracy.
Love Epaminondas - he may not possess common sense, but he did know how to follow directions.

HMS Defiant said...

Half way between heaven and hell; subordinates who would do what you told them or ones that used their initiative.

I enjoyed it. Heretofore, I thought I had met all kinds. The last two nights have shown me different.

Captain Steve said...

I saw the movie many times. I still sing "Zippidee Do Dah", so am probably written off as a racist crank by the SJW crowd.So what, it's still a "Wonderful Day" say I, and they can remain stuck to their own Tar Baby!

HMS Defiant said...

As I watch the sullen dissent into darkness and meaninglessness, I kind of limit myself to an occasional blog post. I remember in the old days when mentors would say, "the map is not the terrain" and it had meaning but now it doesn't. Using simple tools available two hundred years ago, one can map out the future path of any area, any group. Barring divine intervention, the future for residents of anyplace is a known quantity and to be honest, it always has been.

Look at Compton. Look at history.