On January 21, 2000
reported that Justin Kruger
and David Dunning
had released the results of a study
that answered a question many of us have asked ourselves
: do the incompetent
(or conceptually retarded
) realize that they are?
They found that people who are ignorant
in a given area (they tested things like logic
, and sense of humor!
ed to over-rate their abilities, while people who actually had some competency or knowledge in the field of inquiry tended to much more accurately assess their skill level. In other words, "Incompetents lack the basic skills to evaluate their performance realistically.
So the next time you wonder
, "Does that guy really think he's funny
Pity him. He doesn't know.
. And hope your ego