How to Rule the World While Not Being Very Good at Anything

Looking back on 2016, I’m slightly stunned to see how  Notverygoods seem to be running quite a lot of the world.  How, with a triumphant total of 8 subscribers *, has this movement managed to spread its message so far?

Well, now we know. It’s all down to something called the Dunning-Kruger effect. People who are good at knowing things will be way ahead of me on this, as indeed on everything: but to those who didn’t know about it either, the Dunning-Kruger effect can be summed up as:

a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is.

Just three hours of head-scratching later and I’ve worked out what this means: the less you know, the more you think you know. In fact, the less you know, the less likely you are to have any idea of how much you don’t know.

The more I think about this, the more sense it makes. I wonder how long Notverygoods have been in charge without them or anyone else realising it?

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