Confident — and incompetent | Joanne

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge,” wrote Charles Darwin inThe Descent of Man (1871). He was on to something, writes Kate Fehlhaber on Aeon Ideas.

Eighty percent of drivers rate their skills as above average, one study found. “Similar trends have been found when people rate their relative popularity and cognitive abilities,” writes Fehlhaber.

The incompetent tend to be incompetent about recognizing their mistakes.

In a semester-long study of college students, good students could better predict their performance on future exams given feedback about their…

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