Texas Tech University

Men Challenge Scientists With Alternative or Conspiracy Theories more than Women


September 1, 2018

NewsDog - In the past few weeks, I've had two tweets go viral. One was a confession that I enjoy a few songs by the Korean pop group BTS. As of last count, the tweet had 60,000 likes and 22,000 retweets, respectively. The other tweet that seemed to garner interest is below:

At this point, a reminder of what the Dunning-Kruger Effect may be useful. In a study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cornell psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger described the concept of people not recognizing their own incompetencies thereby creating unrealistic or inflated self-assessments. My summary of the academic jargon is simple: people overestimate what they know about things (or underestimate what they don't know). Professor Katharine Hayhoe is a friend, colleague, and noted climate scientist at Texas Tech University. She gets harassed and challenged all of the time by a barrage of Dunning-Kruger Effect. She was one of 125 people that commented on my tweet, which also received 946 likes and 273 retweets, respectively.

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