My boss linked to a YouTube video yesterday on Twitter which I wanted to share with you guys, but I couldn’t find a way into writing about it. See, the video (by TheraminTrees) is all about what’s known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect: their studies demonstrate that people who are incompetent don’t realize that they’re incompetent. They think they’re as smart and capable as everyone else and don’t recognize that others are more competent than they. Their complete lack of self-knowledge occludes their entire view of the world and affects their interactions with it.
(Funnily enough, highly competent people tend to undervalue their own competence, assuming better of everyone else than they really should.)
But scanning through the news this morning, I realized there was an absolutely perfect connection, a note-perfect example of exactly the sort of person Justin Kruger and David Dunning were talking about in their study: Sarah Palin.
Watch the video below with Palin in mind, and enjoy. (If it helps entice you to watch the video, I’ll note that the word “sodomites” appears several times.)