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