Three Requirements to be a “Progressive”

Hop on my magic carpet link and go visit The Rio Norte Line.  Good stuff and you get a bag of peanuts during the ride.

The juicy part:

Developed by psychologists and researchers Justin Kruger and David Dunning, the aptly named Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and reaches erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence is of such as scale that it eliminates the ability for them to realize their own mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from an illusion of superiority, rating their ability as above average, far higher than it actually is. It also explains why, in the face of clear evidence that their decisions are wrong, they plod ahead while proclaiming their superiority. A common statement when challenged is, “I can’t explain it to you because you just wouldn’t understand”, and the implication is that you just aren’t smart enough to challenge them. People exhibiting the Dunning-Kruger effect are often highly self-confident, some to the point of boorish behavior, and often exhibit an “absolutist” attitude toward their actions…even in the face of clear failure.

You wanna see the effect in the quick mode?  Try to engage a white liberal in a discussion about race.  They hit the express lane to willful ignorance at the speed of stupid.


7 Responses to “Three Requirements to be a “Progressive””

  1. Thanks for the link!

  2. I suppose sanity IS a relative dynamic but I know good principles when I see them! You do, too, apparently. Thanks for clicking over. Have a great day.


  3. Utah,

    FWIW, you and I are very similar; I read your bio. I’m a corporate puke in the chemical industry where I help site teams improve their performance. I’m located on the Gulf Coast but I support sites in North and South America as well as in Asia.

    Just FYI.

    • We have probably tread the same ground…keep coming back and if you want to cross post or guest post at TRNL, drop me an email…

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