Favourite Quotes

The best ever:
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Ние, можещите, водени от незнаещите,
вършим невъзможното за кефа на неблагодарните.
И сме направили толкова много с толкова малко,
за толкова дълго време,
че вече сме квалифицирани да правим всичко от нищо.

Костантин Иречек
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The one I stumbled upon 5 minutes ago:
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“…one of my favorite psychology papers: ‘How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments’ by Justin Kruger and David Dunning. They noted that people who are incompetent suffer a dual burden: not only are they incompetent, but they may also be too incompetent to assay their own incompetence, because the skills which underlie an ability to make a correct judgment are the same as the skills required to recognize a correct judgment.”

In other words, ignorant and incompetent people are not only unable to recognize true skill in others, they also have an inflated idea of their own ability – because they have no way of knowing that they don’t know better!

From “Tomkins on Torres decision

Adding later: Wow, this is actually serious indeed – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect 🙂
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