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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Dr. Dunning-Kruger

A gem of a snippet from a recent email from Ryan:

Teaching biostats to medical investigators and clinicians gave a fascinating insight into the Dunning-Kruger effect. This becomes a real problem when you’re trying your best to teach. Medical folks actually know extraordinarily little about the basic principles of scientific research but oh the confidence! The self-assuredness! The I-simply-can’t-be-wrong aura! No doubt partly due to their training, but as a result I really don’t believe 50% of anything a senior Dr says to me now (increase by 10% for each decade of experience).

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Simon Funk / simonfunk@gmail.com