Why Ignorance Fails to Recognise Itself by Prof. David Dunning

Why Ignorance Fails to Recognise Itself by Prof. David Dunning

This years School of Psychology's Annual Anderson Lecture will be presented by Professor David Dunning from University of Michigan.

The philosopher Karl Popper noted although individual's possess great knowledge, it is necessarily finite while our ignorance is infinite. 

Professor Dunning will discuss the more pressing problem: Our ignorance tends to be invisible to ourselves; we possess defects and gaps in our knowledge that we cannot see.  This leads to problems in judging our own expertise and wisdom as well as that of others.  People are often not in a position to see their own incompetence (the so-called Dunning-Kruger effect), thinking they are doing just fine.  Imperfections in knowledge also causes people to fail to see virtuosity in others (the Cassandra Quandary).  He will discuss implications of this endemic issue, from the personal realm to the societal.

Admission is FREE/Booking is Required

Prof David Dunnings
Hosted by
School of Psychology
King's College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

For more information please contact Carolyn Porter on 01224 272227

Online booking available