Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Stephen Fry Explains Why Some People Believe Everything Donald Trump Says
"Some supporters of President Donald Trump believe just about everything he says, even when he’s wrong. And Trump himself seems to have absolute confidence in his own beliefs ― again, even when he is demonstrably wrong.  But there is a psychology lesson that could help explain it, according to Cambridge University-educated actor Stephen Fry, who was voted the most intelligent person on TV in the United Kingdom. For example, researchers found students who were least proficient often overestimated their own abilities.  “The skills they lacked were the same skills required to recognize their incompetence,” Fry said. “The incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge.”  That’s now known as the Dunning-Kruger effect."