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We Overestimate Our Abilities and Underestimate the Abilities of Others

In 1999, David Dunning and Justin Kruger, at Cornell University did a series of psychological experiments studying our sense of humor and demonstrated that most of us overestimate our skills and knowledge, and we underestimate our weaknesses. Since that seminal experiment, researchers across many knowledge and skill domains have replicated the results and while there is evidence that the effects…