From another wonderful article, these quotes jump out:
- ...most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent.
- The findings, the psychologists said, support Thomas Jefferson's assertion that "he who knows best knows how little he knows."
- ...the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence.
- the most able subjects .... were likely to underestimate their own competence.
I think we have all had a time where we thought we were good at something. Does that necessarily mean we are incompetent? I don't think so. Once we are aware, we seek information for learning. I think some people are aware of their shortcomings and undervalue their competence. Is this really an all or none idea? Do we either fit into one end (incompetent) of the spectrum or the other (competent)? Is is possible to slide along this spectrum but rest mostly in one end?
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