All Power To The Positive! Vol. #2, Episode #67.
Free Dumb and Duh-Mock-Cray-Zee
"Scientists have claimed that many voters are simply not intelligent enough to make reasoned decisions. A team at Cornell University has raised serious doubts about current electoral practices, claiming that some voters simply do not know what is happening.
They claim the best ideas are being missed because of the problem, and that the issue is leading to mediocre candidates flourishing in elections.
'Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,' said David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University.
The researchers found that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas.
For example, they found that if people lack knowledge of tax reforms, it was incredibly unlikely voters would be able to identify the candidates who are actual experts.
They found that many of the least intelligent voters were also the most unaware of their own skills.
'To the extent that you are incompetent, you are a worse judge of incompetence in other people,' Dunning said.
The team found that people always assess their own performance as 'above average' — even people who, when tested, actually perform at the very bottom of the pile.
Even when Dunning and his colleagues offer a $100 reward to those who can rate themselves accurately, study participants were unable to do it.
In one study, the researchers asked students to grade quizzes that tested for grammar skill. 'We found that students who had done worse on the test itself gave more inaccurate grades to other students.'
Essentially, they didn't recognise the correct answer even when they saw it.
'If you have gaps in your knowledge in a given area, then you’re not in a position to assess your own gaps or the gaps of others,' Dunning said" - dailymail.co.uk
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