Why do poorly informed individuals pretend to be knowledgeable and wise?

Why do poorly informed individuals have a strong desire to be perceived as wise?

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  • 7 years ago
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    That is a systematic error people make. It is so common that there even is a psychological term for it:

    Dunning-Kruger-effect.

  • 7 years ago

    They don't pretend to themselves. They are just so poorly informed they actually think they are knowledgeable and wise.

  • Harry
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Some people just like to hear the sound of their own voice I think. They can go on and on for hours, and either say false information, or else useless things that don't matter. It's quite annoying.

  • Bob K
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    And how would you know that they're not? What if you were the poorly informed? Who's to judge?

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  • 7 years ago

    It's because the least informed people always think they are the most informed.

    See also: Fox 'News' viewers.

  • 7 years ago

    Ah! I know why that is. Yes, I do, because I'm so wise.

  • sandie
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    ignorant and proud of it. you can't fix stupid. there are so many things they don't know they don't know and want to keep it that way. they have nothing to do with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    I don't know. You tell me.

    Perhaps we seek adulation

  • 7 years ago

    No one wants to appear stupid.

  • 7 years ago

    It's all they can do, is pretend.

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