Reflections on Society: Dunning Kruger Effect


Something that has been on my mind for the past, like year and a half is the Dunning-Kruger effect.  Here's a little Ted video explaining it: 

Now for my humorous take on it.  Basically what you experience with this is the less competent someone is at something & the less they know about said subject, the more confident they are. They are also less likely to realize that they are bad at the said subject. In simplest terms, the Dunning-Kruger effect is dumb people thinking smart & they don't realize that they are complete idiots. It's also where the least informed person, goes off on a huge rant, on a subject they know nothing about and is completely out of left field as far as accuracy goes.  

People suffering from this vastly over-estimate their confidence   I'd like to know that this is much different than someone being stupid. As I said earlier, this is when a stupid person thinks they are smart and doesn't relize that they are dumb as a box of rocks. A lot of people think that because they are good at one thing, that they are good at everything. Especially when it comes to giving bad advice. These people also lack what is called Meta-cogitation. The ability to step back and evaulate what you do. Basically a form of social awareness, or seeing how your actions impact others.  

Everyone is quick to point the finger to Donald Trump on this subject. But that's too easy of a target. This has been going on for years with Hollywood celebrities.  Also bad drivers, thinking they are amazing drivers. Who also somehow know all the "tricks" of the road.  Speaking of bad drivers, Happy Valley... Yep, I'm here to ride that hobby horse once again! I encountered the Dunning-Kruger effect in Happy Valley so much.  I encountered it at where I went to school, church, and work. Here's some wonderful examples:

The teachers at where I went to school would constantly throw out half facts acting like they understood everything.  Especially in the film department. I had a teacher that would constantly ramble on about the Hollywood film industry that he never worked in. His lack of being able to recite where he learned his information was super hilarious to me. His favorite thing to say in class was how it takes 10,000 hours to become a master of something. He would say it like this "They did a study and found out that it takes 10,000 hours of practice if you want to play at carnigege hall." 

This was supposed to be some bullshit motivational "fact" to have all his students wanted to work our asses off with film crap, so we could be the next Spielberg. However, I wasn't buying it. I wanted to know who "they" were that did this study. One day I asked, and after many ums and uhs I got my answer... "The New York times."  Spoiler alert, it wasn't the New York Times. It is from the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Also, it wasn't really a study, but an observation of commonalities between successful groups of people.    

While working as an apartment manager I was constantly battling idiot tenants in regard to what was in their lease & what was legal. It seems every renter in Happy Valley has a lawyer to fight their late fees, but yet doesn't have enough money to buy a house and not rent. At least three times a week I had to explain something about housing to someone. Of course, I was challenged. Wither it was dumb college kids, dumb college kids' dumb parents, or just dumb people of happy valley a challenge never shirk at the change to show their "knowledge".  I had people attempt to quote me a lease they've never read, recite laws that don't exist, and most importantly pretend they knew what they were talking about.  

Like most poorly based arguments, I fired back questions to their poorly constructed statements. Questions like "What the fuck are you talking about?" & "Are you an idiot?" Actually I never asked those questions, although I should have. What I did ask was where they heard that information  Of which, no source (or a vague one was sited). I would then show them on their lease where they were wrong. Being the assholes that they are, they would still argue and try to bullshit to make their earlier statements sound valid. But it's pretty hard to argue with a legal document that they had signed. Eventually they would admit defeat and go about their daily duties of being a full time asshole.  

Every-time I would start a new job I would receive job training.  Happy Valley apparently doesn't believe in "formal training" and float around the phrase "trial by fire". It was basically you are thrown into a job, told to do a few things, then receive training as time goes on.  Over the years I've gotten good at receiving job training this way, but overall it is a terrible way to train people.  

During the first view days I'd come to something that I needed training on. I would have to consult my boss, who was usually the owner of the company. They would talk about how easy the task was that needed to be done, but would have no idea how to do it. When asked for specific instructions or to have them walk me through the task they would try to BS their way out of it, telling me that I would figure it out, or they would try to get someone else to train me (who also didn't know said task).  Eventually I would get my boss to train me on said task.  After watching them fail, I quickly realized that they knew as little (or less) than I did about the job I was hired for.  Dunning-Kruger in full effect for clueless company owners. I'd like to note, that this happened at several companies I worked for while in Utah.


Reflections on Society: My childhood is Ruined!


Everyone these days seems to love being recreationally outraged.  The newest wave of outrage I've seen hasn't been coming from the white house (crazy huh) but franchises.  Claiming such   I'd like to address some of these poorly crafted complaints and why they hold no merit. I'm going to start small, then work my way up.

This is backtracking a little bit, then work my way forward. I'd like to start with the 1st spawn of the whining, transformers.  Yes, transformers.  The live action Michael Bay movie that branded him as the explosion director.  For some reason, everyone loved the first Transformers movie.  But when Transformers 2 came out the line was crossed... I'm not gonna lie, I see very few differences from the 1st movie to the 2nd one.  The 2nd one was very much like the 1st, just slightly less explosive and more explosions. None of the movies contained any thought-provoking ideas, and they shouldn't, they're action movies. 

They're movies about cars, trucks, & other vehicles that transform into giant robots. What more were you expecting? I didn't watch many of the cartoons growing up (but I watched the shit out of the cartoon movie, that movie is bad ass!), but many of the episodes I watched weren't exactly amazing. Also I'd like to take this moment to point out that transformers was the most redneck cartoon imaginable.  The semi-trucks & everyday vehicles being the good guys, and many miltary/government vehicle being the bad guys. Great proagrandia.

After one these movies came out and the outrage settled in, I heard one nerd proclaim "Optimus Prime was like a father figure to a lot of people." 1st of all, to who? 2nd how terrible does your life have to be to have a fictional robotic truck be acting as your father figure? I get that there are some deadbeat dads out there, but this is a bit extreme.    

Let's not forget Transformers' real purpose, to see tons of poor quality toys.  I realize this is also the purpose of many of these franchises I'd like to address. I'd also like to mention that growing up I had a shit ton of toys belonging to all the franchises that I'm going to mention. Which brings me to my next franchise...

Ninja Turtles. This one is of my favorite franchises growing up. They were also the first line of action figures I was introduced to as a kid. The toys were cheap, being made out of thin plastic from China and all.  But I loved them. I used to play with them growing up and some times when I go back to my parents place for the holidays.  I was a super huge fan of Ninja Turtles growing up. The only thing I didn't do was force my parents to drag me to that terrible ninja turtles musical that was going on tour. And the only reason I didn't go, was probably because it didn't come to anywhere near me.

When I first moved to Utah I decided to get reaquitted with my old friends the turtles.  I began watching the old 90s cartoon. I'm not gonna lie, that cartoon sucks. There wasn't anything better on TV when I was a kid so I just rolled with it.  Also, the movies weren't great either.  Like transformers, this was another franchise designed to sell toys. 

I don't wanna get too into the new ninja turtles reboots, but I think they're good. Good, not great.  They have a lot of Michael Bay'type feels to them, but overall I enjoy them. I don't want to get too deep into film analysis, but honestly, I view them as a true film reboot.  It's how the turtles would be had they come out today. And that is what is happening with most of these franchises that have been around for a long. They adapt to the time they are released in.  Which brings me to my last franchie that everyone seems to be so butthurt over...

Star Wars... This one is a bit special because so much has been "ruined" by modern day adaptation.  From the prequels to Hayden Christiansen appearing as a force ghost at the end of Return of the Jedi. Oh, byt the nerds have something to be even more outraged at, The Last Jedi.  I'm not going to get into a film discussion about the film, but here's some things I am going to mention.  Shortly after force awakens came out every nerd on the internet was trying to guessing who Rey's father was, who the hell Snoke is, and why the hell Luke Skywalker was hanging out on some island all by himself.  

They spent the past 2 years conjuring up poorly constructed fan theories and speculation. Only to then find out all their ideas were wrong and thus, were outraged.  All their questions were answered  but not with the answers they wanted.  These same nerds complained that the Force Awakens was just like a New Hope, yet the last jedi had a fairly original plot but was seen as just terrible   I will admit that when I first saw The Last Jedi, I didn't think it was super great.  But upon reflecting on it more I realized it is a very well written film. But people were butt-hurt because it didn't give them the plot or ending they wanted. Boo... Hoo... Let's be honest here, the prequels didn't really give anyone what they wanted. Do you really expect things to change that much? 

The unrealistic expectations and nostalgia of these nerds is hilarious. My favorite line I always here from them concerning these franchises are "But my childhood is ruined".  If all it takes is one bad film to ruin your childhood, then your childhood was already ruined, you just found out during adulthood how fragile it really is.