Experts often believe they know things that they don’t know

By |2017-02-02T15:58:23+00:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

New research suggests that knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Those most confident about a topic often claim to know facts which don’t exist.

For example, in one study, a group of experts claimed that they knew words like pre-rated stocks, more often than the “non-experts” did.

One reason for this might be that self-proclaimed experts are simply trying to look good and portray how much of an “expert” they are on the topic.

Even those who somewhat feel like an expert also change their attitude to the knowledge.


Atir, S., Rosenzweig, E., & Dunning, D. (2015). “When Knowledge Knows No Bounds: Self-Perceived Expertise Predicts Claims of Impossible Knowledge”, Psychological Science, 26 (8), 1295-1303

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If you think that knowledge is simple and easy, you better change your attitudeIf you think that knowledge is simple and easy, you better change your attitude

By |2017-02-02T15:58:29+00:00January 28th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

Scientists conducted an experiment. They gave participants written text which showed how people are changing the climate. The second piece of written text claimed that climate change is not a human fault, but is a natural process.

The first group of participants thought that nothing is easy. They believed that we should compare and contradict every piece of information. They felt excited when they got the second message.

The second group of participants thought that the science was straightforward and easy. When they got the second text they felt surprised and misled. Some of them didn’t want to accept the information.

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