Remind you of anybody?

A story from the NYT, way back in 2000, reporting on some social-psych research. It seems to me that it might have some current relevance, but I can’t quite figure out how. Any suggestions?

Among the Inept, Researchers Discover, Ignorance Is Bliss

… most incompetent people do not know that they are incompetent. On the contrary. People who do things badly … are usually supremely confident of their abilities – more confident, in fact, than people who do things well…One reason that the ignorant also tend to be the blissfully self-assured … is that the skills required for competence often are the same skills necessary to recognize competence … The incompetent, therefore, suffer doubly. … not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it … incompetent individuals were less able to recognize competence in others


Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: