“Ninety-four percent of university professors think they are better at their jobs than their colleagues.

“Eighty-five percent of medical students think it is improper for politicians to accept gifts from lobbyists. Only 46 percent think it’s improper for physicians to accept gifts from drug companies.

“People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains….This overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it.”

on, from The Skeptic’s Dictionary

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