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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:26 PM

1. I agree with you about the the role that the Dunning-Kruger Effect played in this

election cycle. I believe that that aspect of human cognition plays a vital role in all levels of social/political/religious interaction and dynamics, yet, in this election cycle I think that cognitive dissonance played a larger role.
Republicans have created their own reality and the realization that we all don't labor under the same delusions is tough for them to deal with. They cling to their own version of reality even more tightly as they recognize that the rest of us don't.
Dunning-Kruger comes into play as the mechanism that allows the least competent to have the most confidence about their abilities to see things clearly and to direct appropriate policy for our current situation. They are wrong but they are confident that they are right.
Obama suffers from Dunning-Kruger too, he just represents the other end of the D-K spectrum. According to Dunning-Kruger, the most competent are aware that they don't know everything and therefore lack the confidence of the least competent.
This explains why Obama is so willing to accept compromise and also explains why the right wing is so unwilling to compromise.
As someone who has taught high school for many years, I witness this condition all the time in my classes. Let your students grade their own work and you will discover that the A students always under-estimate their work's value and the C and D students always think they have earned an A.

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