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

Elias Peter pheski69 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 18 12:32:25 UTC 2018


Some other relevant works:
Willful Blindness by Margaret Heffernan
Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz
On Being Certain by Robert Burton
Ignorance by Stuart Firestein
Inevitable Illusions by Piatteli-Palmarini

Peter Elias


On 2018.07.18, at 6:53 AM, Bob Latino <blatino at RELIABILITY.COM> wrote:

Hi Susan
 
Great post, thanks for sharing. I hope you're doing well these days.
 
Related to your point, I read a book on this topic a while back called, 'Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things' by Dr. Madeleine Van Hecke.  It's not a research book, but is a good introduction to the concept. 
 
There are many books on the concept of 'Blind Spots' or 'BFO's - Blind Flashes of the Obvious', but the important point is that we all have blind spots which are usually outside of our domain expertise.  The first key to understanding this, is to accept that we don't know everything and welcome information and guidance to help educate us about our blind spots.  Step 1 - Admit we have blind spots!
 
Bob 
 
Robert J. Latino, CEO
Reliability Center, Inc.
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From: Susan Carr [mailto:000000100bc47bd7-dmarc-request at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG] 
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] Do you know enough to know what you don't know?
 
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.
 
http://www.openculture.com/2017/12/why-incompetent-people-think-theyre-amazing.html <http://www.openculture.com/2017/12/why-incompetent-people-think-theyre-amazing.html>
 
Do others find this helpful in the context of diagnosis?
 
Susan Carr
Editor, ImproveDx
Lunenburg MA
 
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