Why Educate Our Kids? So They Can See They Can’t See!

21 06 2010

LMAO, doesn’t this just sound like every frustrating conversation we have as adults and what we don’t want for anyone’s kids much less our own. . .unless we’re too stupid as citizens and parents to realize how stupid we are!

If Wheeler was too stupid to be a bank robber, perhaps he was also too stupid to know that he was too stupid to be a bank robber — that is, his stupidity protected him from an awareness of his own stupidity. . .

Their paper, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties of Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-assessments,” was published in 1999.

“When people are incompetent in the strategies they adopt to achieve success and satisfaction, they suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it. Instead, like Mr. Wheeler, they are left with the erroneous impression they are doing just fine.”

It became known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect — our incompetence masks our ability to recognize our incompetence.

[JJ’s note: they’ll surely use a Palin-McCain campaign poster to illustrate this entry in the cognitive psychology textbooks. Or a tea party rally, or Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Our Parents Comes With Taking Their Place

21 06 2010

Confession: Lughnasadh

by Eric Scott

“. . .things are never as we remember. But there are things we can only discover about our parents when we take their places, things to learn about magic that only magicians can know.”