Study: People with less political knowledge think they know a lot about politics

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17 Apr 2018 11:37 - +7110
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17 Apr 2018 12:11 - +1547
[Dunning–Kruger]( is truly everywhere. I can't believe that won an Ig Nobel...Seems like an actual meaningful insight into cognitive bias.
17 Apr 2018 13:11 - +1244
Anyone who didn't know this needs to read [Thinking Fast and Slow by Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahnman]( The insights about heuristics are stunning.
17 Apr 2018 13:25 - +924
Generally, this applies to everything. The more you think you know about a subject, the more you realize you don't know, and then the less you claim you know. The exception would be things that are fashionable to be ignorant of for one reason or another.
17 Apr 2018 13:03 - +618
What does it mean to know a lot about politics? To read the news and keep up on current events, study up on politicians before you vote, or read literature about the classical politics that came from the Greeks and the Romans. is there really any determinant to say one has an good knowledge of politics?
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17 Apr 2018 14:03 - +94
Ignorant people think they're intelligent. What else is new?
17 Apr 2018 14:33 - +66
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17 Apr 2018 14:20 - +39
Two online surveys where used for his study. Those are extremely subject to biases, so take the conclusions with a fat grain of salt.
17 Apr 2018 12:00 - +36
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17 Apr 2018 13:10 - +19
When it comes to politics and other inherently complex social systems, the people who think they have a firm grasp are people with very little in the way of understanding.
17 Apr 2018 15:48 - +15
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17 Apr 2018 15:05 - +7
Makes sense since politics is really complex with many different veins and it's easy for the uninformed to see it as a simplistic issue that they just happen to know a lot about.
17 Apr 2018 13:52 - +7
17 Apr 2018 15:11 - +7
I’ve watched all of house of cards, consider me the next president of the United States
17 Apr 2018 14:16 - +6
17 Apr 2018 19:47 - +4
So... the overwhelming majority of reddit? People in the comments are saying “oh I know a lot about politics but I also have a lot of knowledge, there is no way I am not %100 right!”
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