The Illusion of Superiority

by Coded Logic 47 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Coded Logic
    Coded Logic

    After reading dozens and dozens of posts and hundreds of comments, it seems to me that a great many people on this forum think that since they figured out TTATT, they must therefore be a highly intelligent and incredibly rational individual. Let me take a moment to congratulate everyone. Its a big step to figure this out - I know.

    That said, IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A GENIUS! Nor does it make you a rational person. In fact, there is a great number of people on this forum who don't seem to understand even the most basic tennants of logic. Ironically, the people who don't understand logic are usually the quickest ones to accuse other people of being "illogical." And, I would venture to guess, almost everyone who has read this far is currently nodding their heads and thinking to themselves - "Yes, there are a lot of people who are bad at logic on this site." - without even the slightest consideration that they may fall into that catagory.

    Which brings me to my point: The illusion of superiority. Consider the following:

    The Dunning-Kruger effect, named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University, occurs where people fail to adequately assess their level of competence — or specifically, their incompetence — at a task and thus consider themselves much more competent than everyone else. This lack of awareness is attributed to their lower level of competence robbing them of the ability to critically analyse their performance, leading to a significant overestimate of themselves.

    The Dunning-Kruger effect is a slightly more specific case of the bias known as illusory superiority, where people tend to overestimate their good points in comparison to others around them, while concurrently underestimating their negative points. The effect has been shown by experiment in several ways, but in this case Dunning and Kruger tested students on a series of criteria such as humour, grammar, and logic and compared the actual test results with each student's own estimation of their performance.

    Those who scored well on these tests were shown, consistently, to underestimate their performance. This is not terribly surprising and can be explained as a form of psychological projection: those who found the tasks easy (and thus scored highly) mistakenly thought that they would also be easy for others. This is similar to the aforementioned "impostor syndrome" — found notably in graduate students and high-achieving women — whereby high achievers fail to recognise their talents as they think that others must be equally good.

    More interestingly, and the subject of what became known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, those who scored lowest on the test were found to have "grossly overestimated" their scores.

    So all this begs the question, how do you know if you're good at logic or if you're bad at logic? Well, the first question you should ask is yourself is: Do I know what logic is?

    I know this seems very basic question but, seriously, take a moment and ask yourself, right now, do you know what the definition of logic is? I'm NOT talking about a synonym like: Logic is thinking rationally. That's just replacing one word with another. I'm talking about an actuall, functional, description that could identify the meaning of logic.

    If you can't, don't feel bad. But consider this, whatever grasp you have on logic right now, being able to define what it is would help you use it even better. Because if you can't even define it, how will you be able to identify it when it's being used? Or misused?

    Have you ever studied logic?

    Do you know anything about the pillars of logic:


    Inductive Reasoning

    Deductive Reasoning

    Abductive Reasoning

    Instrumental Rationality


    Logical Absolutes

    Synthetic and Analytic Distinctions

    If you don't know what these things are - FIND OUT! I promise you, learning a little bit about the methodolgy and sturcture of logic is one of the best things you can do. Its like bumbling through a dark room and someone suddenly flipping on the light. You will see things that you never saw before and you will start learning things you once thought it was impossible to ever know.

    NAVYTOWN's spelled 'congratulate', not 'congradulate'.

  • punkofnice

    Sorry to say this but you have made a sweeping generalisation about how arrogant some seem then you come across as arrogant yourself.

    I'm sure this wasn't your intention......just saying

  • Viviane

    Sorry to say this but you have made a sweeping generalisation about how arrogant some seem then you come across as arrogant yourself.

    Well worded, sir. I know I often come across as a critical bitch. That's because I am. I just try not to be critical outside of my level of knowledge.

  • Coded Logic
    Coded Logic

    What are you talkiing about? I didn't misspell the word congra- . . . Oh snap, well look at that.

    Okay, let me edit my post with the correct spelling before I go crawl under a rock and die of embarrassment.

  • Coded Logic
    Coded Logic

    Sorry to say this but you have made a sweeping generalisation about how arrogant some seem then you come across as arrogant yourself.

    Alright, I'll bite, why do I seem to be arrogant?

    Arrogant: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities

  • punkofnice

    You notice my weasel word is 'seem'.

    Thanks for biting. Now what's for pudding?

  • Witness My Fury
    Witness My Fury

    Thanks for that.

    No I dont really know what logic is by the definitions given, but i try to be and am far more so since i now have a highly tuned and working bullshit meter.

  • frogonmytoe

    It's spelled embarrassment.

    Sorry, couldn't resist. But I do agree that the arrogance we have been instilled with as "God's chosen people" can be difficult to shake. Add to that the human tendency to want to add to one's self esteem by looking for ways in which one is possibly superior to others, and on here we have the world in microcosm.

    I am a grammar nazi, but hold my tongue (fingers?) on here because I don't want to seem arrogant or superior, especially as English grammar and spelling is anything but logical... But I judge you all according to your mistakes. Silently.

  • bohm

    coded logic: you might do well to dilute the arrogance a bit by some actual information on logic...

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