The Dunning-Kruger: One Video Doesn't Make Us an Expert

The Dunning-Kruger: One Video Doesn't Make Us an Expert
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The Dunning-Kruger effect describes how people often learn a little bit about something and then talk like they know everything about the subject.

Imagine you've been playing a new video game for a couple of weeks. You might think you're really good at it because you don't know how much there is to learn. This is because you're not aware of all the strategies and skills that experienced players have.

But as you play more, you start to realize that the game is much more complex than you thought. There are so many strategies and techniques that you didn't know about! This is when you understand that you're not as good as you initially thought.

So, the Dunning-Kruger effect is when people think they're better at something than they really are, especially when they're just beginners. It's named after the psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger who first described this behavior.

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