Is it really the “Dunning-Kruger effect”? –

applied to a whole sex?

(“The Dunning-Kruger effect”: “The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein relatively unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate.”)

A recent comment by Cecil Henry:

“Yes women tend to easily believe that proximity implies equality ..

And that the engineers down the hall are not working that much harder than the secretary beside them. And the polite engineers are hardly anxious to point out the difference … and so their delusions (which are favorable to them) tend to be reinforced.”

It has always been a polite fiction that the secretary is really smarter than her boss. The problems come when people start believing it.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. The problems REALLY start to pile up when a whole culture believes it with the passion of a religion, and it is backed up with the support of the media, the bias of the legal system, and the guns of the government.

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  2. Judgybitch inserts some reality into what women are studying in all those degrees they are doing in America:

    http://judgybitch.com/2013/10/02/holy-smarty-pants-people-women-have-earned-10-million-more-college-degrees-than-men-since-1982-oh-yeah-in-what/

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