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14 January 2016 @ 06:33 am
Stupider Than You Realize  
Here’s another of those Two Kinds of People things. Ever since I was drafted into public school, I have felt that the average person is fairly dim and by definition half the population is stupider. The fannish culture is proverbially full of elitist pigs who believe that most people are even dumber than they are, and many of these appear to be correct. But here’s an article saying that smart people overestimate the intelligence of the masses.

Thanx to Slate Star Codex
Marissa Lingenmrissa on January 14th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
This is the other half of Dunning-Kruger. Literally. The bottom quartile overestimates what they, personally, know; the top quartile thinks that what they know can't be as unusual as it is.

People avoid telling stories about being the top quartile Dunning-Kruger effect examples because it sounds like humblebragging, but some of my personal examples are pretty pathetic.
amaebiamaebi on January 14th, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
I am too frightened to open it.
Steffirecat on January 14th, 2016 10:52 pm (UTC)
"Bess, you have the great weakness of the clear-minded: you believe that other people think like you." --Leicester, Elizabeth I (2005)
don_fitch on January 15th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
Humm... I once spent an entire day with a professional basket-weaver. I think she may have been one of the five or ten most intelligent people I've ever known, although I'm not intelligent/educated enough to be sure because she spoke mostly Navajo, with only moderate skill in Spanish and English. And another hyper-intelligent person of my acquaintance was less likely to talk about a Problem than to walk into the Smithsonian and re-arrange her Oklahoma-style ribbonwork dresses on display properly than to talk about it. OTOH, Sam Maloof could talk/write with awesome eloquence, as well as insist with physical vigor that his six rocking-chairs (sold for something like a hundred thousand dollars the set) would be set out by the museum for people to sit/rock in, rather than being placed behind glass. (He was more polite in public, but to me he said "I carved those chair-seats for people to put their asses in, and I'm going to Insist that they be allowed to do so. That was a condition of the sale, and I'm willing to return the money and get the rockers back if they don't follow it").

Dr. Ben Mack: Prominent User of the Internetepi_lj on January 17th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
I've always thought that most people were reasonably intelligent.
El Coyote Gordo: coy3supergee on January 17th, 2016 10:38 am (UTC)
You are thus a confirming instance.