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Jun 19, 2019 06:42:48

What would you choose?

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Julia Saxena

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In my quest to explore cognitive biases, I stumbled upon an especially interesting one:

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

It lets people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they actually are. Their own incompetence and lack of mental ability prevents them from recognizing just how incompetent they really are. They simply lack the level of self-awareness that's necessary to see their own mistakes. 

It's basically the opposite of the Imposter Syndrome which leads you to underestimate your own abilities. 

Now, if you had to choose between the Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Imposter Syndrome, which one would you prefer to have? (It's like taking the red or the blue pill. There's no going back.)

Be smart but kind of miserable because you're always doubting yourself. 


Be dumb but mostly happy because you're not even aware of how dumb you are.

That's an interesting one! 

Has somebody ever done a survey on this? I'd love to know what people prefer. 

It's tempting to follow the dumb and ignorant route. No more nagging thoughts about the big WHY, and what should I do with my life, and how can I be better ...

Just enjoying every moment and going nowhere in particular. Who cares if I make a difference in this life? Compared to the magnitude of the universe it means nothing. 

No ... this seems wrong ... 

I take the smart route. 

(Totally nailed that Matrix reference without actually having seen the movie ðŸĪŠ ... it's been on my to-watch list for too long)

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    @juliasaxena How intelligent must we be in order to be happy? How much money must we have? How many friends must we have? How do we measure and keep count?

    Mike Byrnes avatar Mike Byrnes | Jun 20, 2019 15:12:57
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      @mikebyrnes These are some tough questions!

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 20, 2019 18:29:54
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    @juliasaxena I was with you until the confession of non-viewing of The Matrix, which you must watch post-haste.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 19, 2019 07:19:24
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      @brandonwilson Haha that's why I put this at the end.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 20, 2019 07:21:22
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    @juliasaxena this is awesome! such an interesting topic. I would totally be dumb and happy!
    Honestly, I was thinking about this the other day - like how come dogs are so happy? Is it because they're "simple" or "dumb" and just blissfully unaware of how life can be "complicated"? Or maybe with our "smart" brains we over complicate everything and become miserable in the process?

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | Jun 19, 2019 07:10:45
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      @jacklyons Oh, I am definitely overcomplicating things! And it does make me miserable from time to time. Maybe I should just get a dog and follow its example haha.

      Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Jun 20, 2019 07:20:42
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