It has been scientifically proven that the less you know, the more you think you know.

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It has been scientifically proven that the less you know, the more you think you know. I guess that explains a lot about know-it-all internet marketers who never seem to get results. How can you learn when your cup is already full?

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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    And it's equally true that the more you know, the more you realize how ignorant you are.

    I've resolved to stop learning once I hit 17 facts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    I don't know about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Oh this is something my philosophy teacher ALWAYS talked about and it is VERY TRUE.

    How it works is quite simple. The more a person reads/learns, the more a person becomes AWARE of how much knowledge is ACTUALLY out there. In my highschool days even as a freshmman in college I thought I was a know it all but had very little education in anything.

    During college I became VERY interested in reading, studying, researching things, and a couple years after I graduated I felt like an idiot. I knew a lot don't get me wrong, but the more you learn, the more you learn WHAT IS LEFT TO LEARN. & It is A LOT.

    So I absolutely believe this to be true. My philosophy teacher was extremely well read, an older guy, knew all about history, economics, politics, psychology, this guy could recite facts like you wouldn't believe. But at the same time he would admit "I know a lot less than you people think". We all thought he was a genius, but he was always sure to tell us it was quite the opposite. He always talked about how he'd read one book, then feel like he had to read 5 more just to understand the first book he read.

    Learning in itself can become confusing, like you learn alot of facts but don't really see how they come together. So facts are easy to learn but overarching concepts and principles can take a lifetime just to learn. This is part of the reason you see people like Donald Trump getting harassed for many of the political statements he makes. He knows facts about things, but thinks it would be ok to just jump in and start bombing countries to oblivion (in a much worse way than US is already doing). He can't understand the overarching concept of HOW that would be very bad for US in the future. How it would strengthen resistance, strengthen regimes, make them more prone to attacking us in the future. How it would make allies of those countries (like Russia/China) more prone to attacking America, etc etc.

    Anyways enough with my ranting about politics but I do definitely agree with this topic. The less you know, the more you think you know because you have NO IDEA how much knowledge actually exists in this world. You can't quite see how new knowledge is always altering old knowledge. Your "holistic perspective" is small, and so naturally you think of yourself as a know it all.

    -Red
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    • Profile picture of the author YoungAndOpulent
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      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      Oh this is something my philosophy teacher ALWAYS talked about and it is VERY TRUE.

      How it works is quite simple. The more a person reads/learns, the more a person becomes AWARE of how much knowledge is ACTUALLY out there. In my highschool days even as a freshmman in college I thought I was a know it all but had very little education in anything.

      During college I became VERY interested in reading, studying, researching things, and a couple years after I graduated I felt like an idiot. I knew a lot don't get me wrong, but the more you learn, the more you learn WHAT IS LEFT TO LEARN. & It is A LOT.

      So I absolutely believe this to be true. My philosophy teacher was extremely well read, an older guy, knew all about history, economics, politics, psychology, this guy could recite facts like you wouldn't believe. But at the same time he would admit "I know a lot less than you people think". We all thought he was a genius, but he was always sure to tell us it was quite the opposite. He always talked about how he'd read one book, then feel like he had to read 5 more just to understand the first book he read.

      Learning in itself can become confusing, like you learn alot of facts but don't really see how they come together. So facts are easy to learn but overarching concepts and principles can take a lifetime just to learn. This is part of the reason you see people like Donald Trump getting harassed for many of the political statements he makes. He knows facts about things, but thinks it would be ok to just jump in and start bombing countries to oblivion (in a much worse way than US is already doing). He can't understand the overarching concept of HOW that would be very bad for US in the future. How it would strengthen resistance, strengthen regimes, make them more prone to attacking us in the future. How it would make allies of those countries (like Russia/China) more prone to attacking America, etc etc.

      Anyways enough with my ranting about politics but I do definitely agree with this topic. The less you know, the more you think you know because you have NO IDEA how much knowledge actually exists in this world. You can't quite see how new knowledge is always altering old knowledge. Your "holistic perspective" is small, and so naturally you think of yourself as a know it all.

      -Red
      I find myself in that same predicament a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    "We don't know one-millionth of one percent of anything." Thomas A. Edison
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by JasonParker View Post

    How can you learn when your cup is already full?
    When you're broke.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    Makes good sense: (and that has been my experience with incompetent people)

    "...Overall, Dunning and Kruger found that incompetent people overestimate their own skill level, fail to recognize the skill of other people and fail to recognize their own inadequacy. Also, as they receive training to improve their skills, incompetent people tend become more aware of their own inabilities...."

    Thanks Jason,
    Bruce



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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    3 words

    "Ignorance - is - bliss".

    -Red
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  • Profile picture of the author dv8domainsDotCom
    Yes, it is true. Too too true.

    I realized at a young age, however, that I already knew everything
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  • Profile picture of the author NetUsher
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    That would explain why my kids know everything and I don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Would that mean babies fresh out of the oven think they know everything?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jean Morgan
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

    The more you know the more you need to understand
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  • Profile picture of the author easternodyssey
    People are just normally very good at faking that they know something, when they don't. That's why so many dumb asses get successful jobs in fortune 500 companies, while the intelligent are left on the sideline.
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  • Profile picture of the author thekencook
    The thing about smart people is they seem crazy to stupid people.

    I don't write 'em, I just tell 'em.
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  • So...how do you know that? Or is it that you just think you know that?


    It helps if you watch a lot of Jeopardy! :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    I always feel like I don't know enough. Does that mean I know more?
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  • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
    Originally Posted by JasonParker View Post

    It has been scientifically proven that the less you know, the more you think you know. I guess that explains a lot about know-it-all internet marketers who never seem to get results. How can you learn when your cup is already full?

    Top 15 Most Mind-Blowing Facts Ever Published - Other - Jan 1, 2012 - Interesting Facts and Fun Facts - OMG Facts

    Hmmm,

    I don't know...:p

    Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    So......wait. I know I'm a techno-moron. Does that mean I actually know something? KEWL. That's so much easier than trying to learn this crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author keyideas8
    Its human nature..
    I think everybody something learn daily in hole life....
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    WOW! Two psychologists come up with this OBVIOUS theory, and get it named after them?

    Kids often have these WIERD theories about how things work and find they believe they could easily outdo everyone else even though they really don't understand the basic concept at all.

    As for having groups assess their own potential, they recognize a flaw, but don't see the really big flaw.

    If I were to assess my programming skills, should it be on full memory of all needed instructions, or raw ability? Should it be based on MY need, relative ability to others, or an absolute scale.

    Seriously, on one end it is very high and the other really quite low.

    Even some "techno-morons"(To use the term heysal used) can be a lot smarter than they let on.

    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    If you think you can or can't you're right.
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    • Profile picture of the author bsbear
      Originally Posted by Jeff Burritt View Post

      If you think you can or can't you're right.
      Oh man, this thread is making me feel stupid haha. Love that quote though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    "the less you know, the more you think you know"

    'the only people who can't learn are the ones that think they already know'

    ... the more wise you are the more you realize how little you know.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      The farther one travels, the less one knows"
      -- George Harrison
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  • Profile picture of the author Big Rob
    Well, using reverse engineering and logical progression,
    I think I am a moron, therefore, I must be a genius.
    Or vice versa
    Either way , I am good with it
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