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People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

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Image uploaded from a quicklink The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

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We do not need to perpetuate and be divided by the... by E. J. N. on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 12:53:30 PM
Well, that's settled then.   I will vote fo... by Ned Lud on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 3:44:08 PM
But when did the intentionally kept misinformed U.... by Philip Dennany on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 5:32:58 PM
Most of us 'idiots' recognize this as a shill piec... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 6:56:51 AM
"Lacking expertise" is about learning.  "Smar... by John Jonik on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 5:55:59 PM
I cited in my own book about how the corpocracy wa... by Gary Brumback on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 6:12:00 PM
On the other hand....maybe people are NOT so dumbe... by John Jonik on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:34:16 PM
where is all that democracy in the USA?How do expe... by Walter J Smith on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:44:18 PM
It (the study) is all done in a museum, right next... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 7:01:50 AM
So this article could end:  In conclusion, Re... by Susan Rapp on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:38:27 PM
Ignorance is a lack of knowledge but stupidity is ... by Robert James on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:28:29 AM
If this article carries a semblance of truth, then... by David Chester on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 4:32:34 AM
Next thing you know someone will discover that poo... by S. Juniper on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:35:00 AM
The phenomenon of people appraising their abilitie... by Maxwell on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 2:57:19 PM
All animals are equal but some are more equal than... by David Chester on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 6:01:07 AM