The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the vast evo-bio expertariat

The PressTurk web site discusses (in Turkish) how the Ig Nobel Prize-winning Dunning-Kruger Effect helps explain why there are so very, very many people who think they are experts on the subject of evolutionary biology.

Here’s part of the discussion, auto-translated into English:

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Darwin, I have noticed it in the 19th century and  had these words: “Ignorance more frequently information, but breeds confidence, persistently claiming this or that problem can not be solved with science, those who are not very conversant, are the least know.”

However, the effect of formal discovery and identification by experts, would wait until 1996. Dunning-Kruger Effect (Effect DK or DKA) seen on a specific subject incompetent or ignorant people, “the imaginary (delusional) sense of superiority”….

DK as a good example of the Impacts, nothing about evolutionary biology and science-based academic backgrounds of people who, themselves, for that matter “experts” may declare. These people on this issue because there is no proper ideas, about themselves “adequate” are counting. However, so far evolutionary biology about the only English quantities and only “evolutionary biology” category (general biology, paleontology, geology, physiology, chemistry, biomedical related fields, including even without), which was written around 100,000 articles published from all languages ​​written in the 69,000 around academic books / chapters and are unaware of their contents. Because this subject is too far away, “knowledgeable about the subject” status are unaware of how they see themselves superior or adequate; They are unaware of the depth of ignorance….

The 2000 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology was awarded to David Dunning of Cornell University and Justin Kruger (then of the University of Illinois), for their modest report, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.” The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 77, no. 6, December 1999, pp. 1121-34.

BONUS (possibly related): “Evolutionary psychologists expose the ‘shoddy’ treatment of their discipline by textbooks“, BPS Research Digest.

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