Do you know enough to know what you don't know?

Susan Carr susan_carr at MAC.COM
Tue Jul 17 18:18:30 UTC 2018

The Dunning-Kruger Effect observes that you have to know *something* in order to appreciate what you don't know. I stumbled on this concept in an animated TEDEd lesson, which points out that "we all have knowledge gaps that prevent us from recognizing our errors" and leave us unlikely to ask for help. There's application here for diagnosis and pretty much all other human endeavors. Despite the snarky title—Why incompetent people think they're amazing—I find this oddly empowering… Knowing even a little is the gateway to learning more. Knowledge and awareness can lead to humility.

Do others find this helpful in the context of diagnosis?

Susan Carr
Editor, ImproveDx
Lunenburg MA

Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

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