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Dunning-Kruger meets fake news | Ars Technica

The Dunning-Kruger effect is one of the most famous—and predictable—biases in human behavior. It posits that people who don’t understand a topic also lack sufficient knowledge to recognize that they don’t understand it. Instead, these people know just enough to convince themselves that they completely grasp the topic, with results ranging from hilarious to painful.

Inspired by the widespread sharing of blatantly false news articles, a team of US-based researchers looked into whether Dunning-Kruger might be operating in the field of media literacy. Not surprisingly, people overestimate their ability to identify misleading news. But the details are complicated, and there’s no obvious route to overcoming this bias.

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Source: Dunning-Kruger meets fake news | Ars Technica

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