Well this Splains a lot.

Scientists say America is too dumb for democracy to thrive
The United States may be a republic, but it’s democracy that Americans cherish. After all, that’s why we got into Iraq, right? To take out a dictator and spread democracy.
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” “One person, one vote.” We are an egalitarian society that treasures the mandate of its citizenry.
But more than a decade’s worth research suggests that the citizenry is too dumb to pick the best leaders.

Yup, Dumb and Dumbass's

Yup, Dumb and Dumb ass's

Work by Cornell University psychologist David Dunning and then-colleague Justin Kruger found that “incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas,” according to a report by Life’s Little Mysteries on the blog LiveScience.
Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is,” Dunning told Life’s Little Mysteries.
What’s worse is that with incompetence comes the illusion of superiority.
Let’s say a politician comes up with an ingenious plan that would ensure universal health care while decreasing health care costs.
According to Dunning-Kruger, no matter how much information is provided, the unsophisticated would 1) be incapable of recognizing the wisdom of such a plan; 2) assume they know better; and 3) have no idea of the extent of their inadequacy.
In other words, stupid people are too stupid to know how stupid they are.
If this seems elitist to you, you are probably not alone. Maybe we should only let Ph.D.’s, Mensa members and Jeopardy! champions vote? At least require a passing an IQ test before you get to cast a ballot?
The scientists do say that the incompetent can be trained to improve, but only if they acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, which would seem to be a catch-22 since they are too ignorant to do so on their own.
Life’s Little Mysteries said that Mato Nagel, a sociologist in Germany, ran a computer simulation of a democratic election based on Dunning and Kruger’s theories:
“In his mathematical model of the election, he assumed that voters’ own leadership skills were distributed on a bell curve — some were really good leaders, some, really bad, but most were mediocre — and that each voter was incapable of recognizing the leadership skills of a political candidate as being better than his or her own. When such an election was simulated, candidates whose leadership skills were only slightly better than average always won.”
It would appear then that democracy dooms us to mediocrity and misinformed choices. Not exactly encouraging news for the next round of California’s ballot initiatives.

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2012/03/09/scientists-say-america-is-too-dumb-for-democracy-to-thrive/?tsp=1

~Steve~                                  H/T  Joseph

9 responses to “Well this Splains a lot.

  1. There should be a way to reverse this. A few more years of being governed by morons and we’ll be doomed to the status of a 4th world country. Oh, I no….vote for Puff the Magic Underwear

  2. Many thanks, Steve, for bringing this to alert readers about the serious dangers of failed educational systems. Our three learned far more in the bush and on the land than in school, because they never let their education interfere with their learning. Old-fashioned classic principles taught by our rather dated schools were applied to real life situations. Schools here stuck with the Three Rs for a long time, and it paid off. The tinkering started about 1985, so now we’re in a similar swamp of stupidity all around! One cannot tinker one’s way to insight and self-education, the only ones that matter. I find that a computer is for me as a university library was: after I had a year of Library Science I knew enough to self-educate, and that’s not changed for children today. Yes, they can! But only if not preprogrammed to someone else’s agenda[s].

  3. I saw this news days ago but decided not to post it. Here’s why:

    Beware of this supposed “scientific” Cornell U. study. The giveaway sentence is this: “Let’s say a politician comes up with an ingenious plan that would ensure universal health care while decreasing health care costs.”

    Until I see the study’s methodology — how “democracy” is defined, what sample they used, how “dumb” is defined and determined — I urge that we all be very wary of the “findings.” I can just see Obama or another politician using this “study” to justify abolishing or impeding elections altogether. Afterall, the people are just too stupid to vote for clearly “ingenious” plans like Obamacare, devised by those clearly superior smarter-than-you elites.

    • It does have an if-you’re-smart,-you’ll-like-ObamaCare-and-vote-Democrat assumption built-in and forgets that personal resposibility (an “internal locus of control”) and thinking make smart people not like ObamaCare or vote Democrat.

    • Yo, Steve! Hey, lucky for me that Italians & Sicilians are so hard-headed, ’cause every time I was smacked or hit my folks just said “Good! Maybe that’ll knock some sense into you!” And the last of my three concussions was a HUGE blessing: now I forget the last five minutes, but can recall perfectly what happened fifty years ago. Talk about yer trips down Memory Lane!!

  4. akkkk….I swallowed my gum laughing at the first paragraph
    and then found this theory SO much more plausible than
    the Peter Principle (rising to the level of one’s own incompetence).
    I’ve long contemplated Bell’s curve and the anthropological
    distribution of intelligence…but this is enough to make one think
    the founding fathers were well aware of mankind’s proclivity to live
    down to their own flawed expectations .Thank goodness we’re
    a republic…well,for the first hundred years,anyway. Too bad we’ve
    become a representative republic/popular democracy..

  5. Dunning’s first published article, listed on his university web site entitled, “Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments”. Aptly applies to this current fraud in the WH :)

  6. These two SO CALLED scientists are proof that their theory is true , but only about them and the bozos who voted for Obama . So in a sense their theory could be true. However my skeptical side moves me to never trust the intellectual meanderings of any university academic. .

  7. Yes it is!!!

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