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  •  You mention tht the "dim" have a particularly (6+ / 0-)

    hard time imagining themselves as being dim.  Are you  alluding to the Dunning-Kruger effect?

    Kruger and Dunning proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:
        tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
        fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
        fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
        recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they can be trained to substantially improve.

    Simply put, dim people not only don't recognize they are dim, but also they tend to overestimate their own brilliance while being unable to recognize others who actually are brilliant.  (Think the Donald.)

    Furthermore, the Dunning-Kruger effect continues:

    Meanwhile, people with true ability tended to underestimate their relative competence. Roughly, participants who found tasks to be relatively easy erroneously assumed, to some extent, that the tasks must also be easy for others.

    Simply put, truly brilliant people seem to underestimate their own abilities, or at least, have a pretty humble view of themselves and rather generous assumptions of others

    Looking at your comment regarding the "dimness" of all those in the teaching profession, you seem to hold an extraordinarily high opinion of yourself:

    And I'm confident that I am in a significantly better position to assess what Enlightenment thinkers thought than just about anybody here.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Sun May 01, 2011 at 01:32:28 PM PDT

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