The Gist: Vexillology corner and the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Why You Think You Know More Than Ever, but Probably Don’t

Why You Think You Know More Than Ever, but Probably Don’t

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 7 2014 2:47 PM

We Know Less Than We Think

Think you know enough about the Dunning-Kruger effect or vexillology? Think again.

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We are all confident idiots.

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Listen to Episode 132 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, our in-house vexillologist Ted Kaye explains what images of ISIS flags tell us about the Islamic State’s messaging. Plus, David Dunning of the Dunning-Kruger effect explains why confident ignorance is incredibly common and increasingly harmful. You can learn more in Dunning’s Pacific Standard feature, We Are All Confident Idiots. For the Spiel, The Gist gets a new name.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.