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People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say
by HellFire
 People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say
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Read the below scientific studies that exactly describe blograts:

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.

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.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, "very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is," Dunning told Life's Little Mysteries.

He and colleague Justin Kruger, formerly of Cornell and now of New York University, have demonstrated again and again that people are self-delusional when it comes to their own intellectual skills. Whether the researchers are testing people's ability to rate the funniness of jokes, the correctness of grammar, or even their own performance in a game of chess, the duo has found that people always assess their own performance as "above average" — even people who, when tested, actually perform at the very bottom of the pile. [Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It]

We're just as undiscerning about the skills of others as about ourselves. "To the extent that you are incompetent, you are a worse judge of incompetence in other people," Dunning said. In one study, the researchers asked students to grade quizzes that tested for grammar skill. "We found that students who had done worse on the test itself gave more inaccurate grades to other students." Essentially, they didn't recognize the correct answer even when they saw it.

The reason for this disconnect is simple: "If you have gaps in your knowledge in a given area, then you’re not in a position to assess your own gaps or the gaps of others," Dunning said. Strangely though, in these experiments, people tend to readily and accurately agree on who the worst performers are, while failing to recognize the best performers.

The most incompetent among us serve as canaries in the coal mine signifying a larger quandary in the concept of democracy; truly ignorant people may be the worst judges of candidates and ideas, Dunning said, but we all suffer from a degree of blindness stemming from our own personal lack of expertise.

Mato Nagel, a sociologist in Germany, recently implemented Dunning and Kruger's theories by computer-simulating a democratic election. In his mathematical model of the election, he assumed that voters' own leadership skills were distributed on a bell curve — some were really good leaders, some, really bad, but most were mediocre — and that each voter was incapable of recognizing the leadership skills of a political candidate as being better than his or her own. When such an election was simulated, candidates whose leadership skills were only slightly better than average always won.

Nagel concluded that democracies rarely or never elect the best leaders. Their advantage over dictatorships or other forms of government is merely that they "effectively prevent lower-than-average candidates from becoming leaders."

By Natalie Wolchover

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HellFire
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May 11, 2012
Not getting mushy. I thought you knew what high speed outfit was. Military term, my bad.

Stevie Nicks is losing her voice, I'm sad now.
laselva
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May 11, 2012
Don't get all mushy on me. You called me a liberal and I'm proud to claim that I am. 'nuff said.

As far as high speed outfits (whatever that means, so I'm guessing here), I'll quote W (sort of) - "In my wild and reckless youth, I was wild and reckless." Personally, I thought he was pretty reckless as an adult with our country, but that's another subject.

I subscribe to, " Just say No," and Bob Dylan's sage advice - "To live outside the law you must be honest."

Enough of this silliness. It's happy hour! Here's to you and yours.
HellFire
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May 11, 2012
Was I supposed to be shocked and soothed by that post, I think you have experienced high speed outfits and recognize the better part of valor...Am I wrong???
laselva
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May 11, 2012
Old friend HF-

There is nothing to hide. I am a card-carrying liberal who pays taxes just like you and expects my representative in Congress to enact or vote on legislation the represents my views (as much as that is possible). I live in a very liberal part of the country-- free know-it-all-right-wing preachers or oil wells polluting our shoreline, and free of pickup trucks racing through town with huge confederate flags draped off the back (Although they do pop up now and again -usually during Halloween). I embrace what I believe in and support those who believe in something else-- as long as they obey the law. Come November I vote, my opponents vote, and someone I like or don't like gets elected. Then we all go back to mowing the lawn or watching dolphins play in the surf. Mellows you out quick--try it sometime.
MiddleORoad
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May 11, 2012
looks like old laselva is getting cranky!!!!!!!!!!!

he must be out of jerry-tall LOL thats a calfornie thing. BUHHHAWWAAAAA!!!
HellFire
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May 11, 2012
Typical liberal taking truth and turning it into liberal lies. You nor any of the blograts,traitors or your kind can hide the truth about what you are, stand for as long as they are patriots like me. Be worried for it is justified for a guilty conscious.

The more you post lase, the greater the liberal is exposed. You embrace traitors, Godlessness, socialists and refuse to defend America. That is what a coward is.

By your and those like you standards, America is not worth defending, only worth what you can suck out of her veins. Common worthless coward is my statement.

laselva
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May 11, 2012
HF-

I believe you have made my point for me. Regardless of the overwhelming information and facts about the mistake called the Vietnam War, you continue to think it was the right thing to do. To quote this article, "You have gaps in your knowledge in a given area, then you're not in a position..." etc.

Thank you for correcting yourself for me.
MiddleORoad
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May 11, 2012
Thank you. Your comment will appear shortly.

MiddleORoad

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Less Than A Minute Ago

Can't say the "S" word... but you know what you are.

MiddleORoad

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6 Minutes Ago

I know why you blograts don't comment on HF's latest blog defining you, the picture says no idiots past this point so you can't read it!!!! BUHHHHHAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Read more: mySouTex.com - entry Jeepers Freepers

MiddleORoad
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May 11, 2012
HF the blograts can't read your blog because the pic says no s****d people beyond this point....LOL
HellFire
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May 11, 2012
Blograts;

If you need a translation let me know. There were no articles of this nature in blogratezzee.