Monthly Archives: June, 2009

I Knew There Had to Be a Term for It . . .

Dunning-Kruger Effect

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Dunning-Kruger effect is an example of cognitive bias in which “…people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it”. They therefore suffer an illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average. This leads to a perverse result where people with less competence will rate their ability more highly than people with relatively more competence.


A Site to Get Lost In



I don’t know how to describe this site except to say that I came across it about an hour ago, and just left to write this note. I’m going back now to spend more time there. This is definitely not just another travel site. Go. Go now.

Black Holes Explained Well

If you’ve been as confused but interested in black holes as I have, here’s a great great graphical presentation from Think Technologies that is well worth the time to take a look at. It’s not overly long, and it’s fun to watch.

Artist’s conception of a black hole. Credit: NASA

Artist’s conception of a black hole. Credit: NASA