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By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted July 19, 2010 at 22:44:22

What may be happening with the stadium debate, (as with the AEGD) - could best be explained by the "Dunning–Kruger effect":

"The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and reaches erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the perverse situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence: because competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. "Thus, 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."

The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is - NY Times, June 20, 2010

Comment edited by Mahesh_P_Butani on 2010-07-19 21:56:31

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