The Dunning-Kruger Effect Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is well known. It is the disproportionate confidence displayed by those who are less competent or less well informed.

Less well known, and more pernicious, is the Dunning-Kruger Effect effect. This is the disproportionate confidence of an academic clique that considers criticism of the clique can only be valid if the critic has read at least a dozen of the clique’s self-indulgent, jargon-filled papers. A clear indication of the Dunning-Kruger Effect effect is the readiness to chant “Dunning-Kruger effect”.

9 Replies to “The Dunning-Kruger Effect Effect”

  1. I assume you have in mind some example(s) of an academic clique acting in that way. So am curious to know the details …

      1. Looks like I dodged a bullet. Technical Teachers College 1967 covered real teaching issues, probably because the principal Gordon Bail was a mathematician. I did get burnt however in 2008 when enrolled at Deakin in a M Ed. Their online delivery did not deliver – many files were invisible. The final straw was a linguistics teacher who arrived 3 weeks late and immediately confused mood and tense.

  2. Malcolm Roberts comes to mind with his exemplary performance on QA as a climate change denialist a few years ago. He managed to exasperate Brian Cox amongst others with his apparent lack of comprehension of the data.

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