Weekend Coffee Talk

Coffee. Photo by Jonathan Thursfield.

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How did everyone do with their World Kindness Day? I decided to use mine to let my son off for the hook for floor project I had scheduled and move it to today.

LOL. Are you buying that? Don’t. Because I totally did if for myself. I am an awesome procrastinator if I can get away with it. 🤭

But what sort of day would we call I want to seriously b-slap people day? Because that is what I want to do to Steve Bannon and everyone involved in the demoralization psyops he an his cohorts embarked years before Trump.

In case you missed it in the comments yesterday, I posted this yesterday.

The Schwartz one is a thread with the CNBC article Money, denials and stalling: How Trump, the Mercers and the GOP beat the FEC about Cambridge Analytica investigation by the FEC was called off, so, just know that, but also, listen to the BBC video.

My take-away, Google and Facebook seriously suck. They had representatives in the room with them.

Which segues into…these are just some of who “Project Alamo” targeted, and are still targeting. Been here, done this. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer warns from his prison cell:

“…stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones. This is because while we can protest against or fight evil people, against stupid ones we are defenseless — reasons fall on death ears. Bonhoeffer’s famous text…serves any free society as a warning of what can happen when certain people gain too much power.”

Which leads to the Dunning Kruger Effect…’but I wore the juice!’ which basically theorizes that “cognitive bias that makes people believe they are smarter and more capable than they actually are. The effect is related to people’s general inaptitude to recognize their lack of ability.”

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Socrates

According to what is known as Illusionary Superiority, “Not to be confused with grandiose delusion or grandiosity,”

In the field of social psychology, illusory superiority is a condition of cognitive bias wherein a person overestimates their own qualities and abilities, in relation to the same qualities and abilities of other people. Illusory superiority is one of many positive illusions, relating to the self, that are evident in the study of intelligence, the effective performance of tasks and tests, and the possession of desirable personal characteristics and personality traits.

The term illusory superiority was first used by the researchers Van Yperen and Buunk, in 1991. The phenomenon is also known as the above-average effect, the superiority bias, the leniency error, the sense of relative superiority, the primus inter pares effect,[1] the Dunning-Kruger effect, and the Lake Wobegon effect, named after the fictional town where all the children are above average.[2]

A vast majority of the literature on illusory superiority originates from studies on participants in the United States. However, research that only investigates the effects in one specific population is severely limited as this may not be a true representation of human psychology. More recent research investigating self-esteem in other countries suggests that illusory superiority depends on culture.[3] Some studies indicate that East Asians tend to underestimate their own abilities in order to improve themselves and get along with others.

In our journey of this thing we call life it is a never-ending journey. Never stop learning, never stop seeking to understand. Never be afraid to question. We don’t know what we don’t know. What we discover tomorrow might change what we discovered yesterday.

Okay, peeps. I’m going to inhale another coffee fix and then I’m off to hardware store to pick up a bevel square then try my hand at installing one of those vinyl click and snap floors. Maybe. 😂

Later, Gators!

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