Why Ignorance Fails to Recognize Itself by Prof. David Dunning

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King's College Conference Centre

University of Aberdeen

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We are pleased to announce this years Anderson Lecture will be given by Prof David Dunning from University of Michigan.

Why Ignorance Fails to Recognize Itself.

The philosopher Karl Popper noted although individual's possess great knowledge, it is necessarily finite while our ignorance is infinite. I discuss the more pressing problem: Our ignorance tends to be invisible to ourselves; we possess defects and gaps in our knowledge that we cannot see. This leads to problems in judging our own expertise and wisdom as well as that of others. People are often not in a position to see their own incompetence (the so-called Dunning-Kruger effect), thinking they are doing just fine. Imperfections in knowledge also causes people to fail to see virtuosity in others (the Cassandra Quandary). I discuss implications of this endemic issue, from the personal realm to the societal.

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University of Aberdeen

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United Kingdom

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