This is a thread I've been wanting to do for a while that's based off of the site [link=http://www.youarenotsosmart.com]You Are Not So Smart[/link]. I liked it so much that I bought the book. Recent events here have kind of clicked for me on how to approach this thread and the first discussion will be on the Dunning-Kruger Effect and how to recognize it and how to combat it in society at large. This particular topic is of interest to me as we all know someone that thinks they're more intelligent, more competent, and in general more knowledgeable than those who know better. I'm also certain that we've experienced this within ourselves at one point in our lives. From anti-evolution 'scientists' to the raving anti-vaxxer and all in between. It's safe to say these people have more influence than those who actually dedicate themselves to studying these topics. For those that don't know: [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning–Kruger_effect]The Dunning-Kruger Effect[/link] is a psychological condition where there's a sense of false superiority in an individual and feel they're much more competent than they actually are. There's more to it than that, but that's the basic definition. So, what can be done to combat this problem? And it is a problem with the way our society is setup where the media treats every opinion as if it's equally valid. Is it possible to halt this false superiority within people? I know I'm asking a lot of questions with no a lot of answers. I apologize. I'd say trying the old schoolyard tactic of 'just ignoring them' is a good sentiment, but these thongs are really pervasive and with a political system that encourages the highest amount of ignorance to gain the largest share of votes I'm not sure how to 'correct' perceptions. Depending on how successful (or not) this thread is I'll switch topics every 1-2 weeks as the book contains a lot more psychological blindspots than can be found on the site.