If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent … when you’re incompetent, the skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is.
June 20, 2010
The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1)
[H/T to Linoge who got me started on the Wiki-wander that led here.
I found it fascinating that there have been similar astute observations on the same topic throughout history.
This is exactly what happens with many of the anti-gun people we encounter. They cannot even comprehend how disparate in competence they are when they engage us on the topic. They are frequently profoundly clueless, don’t know it, and cannot be told how clueless they are.
It find it interesting that another aspect of the Dunning-Kruger effect is that those who are highly competent tend to underestimate their skill level. Perhaps the following Twitter exchange demonstrates that:
@apple_butter NOBODY WANTS YOUR DAMN GUN! Understand now? @TANSTAAFL24 @KentAtwater4 @wallsofthecity @psherm07
@djmincey11 You must have your head in the sand: http://blog.joehuffman.org/category/gun-rights/no-one-wants-to-take-your-guns/ … @apple_butter @TANSTAAFL24 @KentAtwater4 @wallsofthecity @psherm07
@JoeHuffman I don’t care to read your “opinion” piece. @apple_butter @TANSTAAFL24 @KentAtwater4 @wallsofthecity @psherm07
@djmincey11 Factual examples are not opinions. Are you allergic to facts? @apple_butter @TANSTAAFL24 @KentAtwater4 @wallsofthecity @psherm07
I know the difference between fact & speculation. Cognitive powers aren’t magic. I’ll give you a minute to Google the big words
@djmincey11 For years I had the job title of Senior Research Scientist II. I know this topic well and I know you don’t. @wallsofthecity
For years I held the title of Executive Director, Reigional Director, CEO and Vice President/Owner. Now what?
@djmincey11 I suggest you learn some science and educate yourself on the topic at hand. @wallsofthecity
I suggest you KNOW your opponent BEFORE you run into battle.
@djmincey11 I find it odd that you don’t follow your own advice. Is hypocrisy one of your greatest strengths? @wallsofthecity
Are we finished yet? I am bored with this sniping.
@djmincey11 Only if you stop tweeting nonsense about guns, gun owners, and the enumerated right to keep and bear arms. @wallsofthecity
And FYI… I will NEVER stop tweeting facts because it hurts your feewings. *here’s a hanky*
I dropped it there because she was going off the deep end into irrationality at that point. At no point did my feelings come up in the conversation or was I even aware of having any particularly strong feelings on the matter. And she was particularly lacking in facts.
But the point I wanted to make was that I didn’t think I was being particularly effective. Perhaps just a little bit more than holding my own.
So imagine my surprise to the following tweets in response to the exchange:
Your afternoon’s entertainment:
#gunsense useful idiot @djmincey11 is trying to have a battle of wits with @JoeHuffman. She came unarmed.
@djmincey11 @JoeHuffman hahahahah she got owned.
@towerclimber37 @wallsofthecity @djmincey11 @JoeHuffman Owned? Broken, sold, used, traded & then sold again. Science vs a Suit
Interesting. Very interesting.—Joe]