links for 2011-02-15

  • In 1999 two psychologists of Cornell University (David Dunning and Justin Kruger) put forward the hypothesis that people of lower competency in an activity tend to overconfidence. This overconfidence comes from the lack of skill to even recognise their level of incompetence.
    “Are the new Atheists suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect?” Many Christians have written against The God Delusion, but New York Times writer, Prof. Peter Steinfels noted that Dawkins' critics includes other atheists such as Oxford literary critic Prof. Terry Eagleton, Harvard literary critic James Wood, the Rochester evolutionary-biologist Prof. James H Orr and the New York philosopher Prof. Thomas Nagel.
    To launch out on a world-wide campaign on subjects over which you know little and have researched less – to say nothing of intentionally not studying because you do not believe – is less than acceptable as genuine public debate or academic discussion, to say nothing of failing in the art of war.
    (tags: atheism error)
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