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(National Journal)   Average Americans think they're smarter than the average American   ( divider line
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2014-05-14 06:55:36 AM  
4 votes:
What does AverageAmericanGuy think about this?
2014-05-14 09:43:19 AM  
2 votes:
I spend most of my time reading stuff people waaay smarter than me write so I'm typically insecure about my intelligence.

Then I'll have a conversation with a coworker who thinks nothing existed before Christianity or doesn't believe that vodka has calories because "you'd see them".

Being smart enough to know I'm a farking dumbass makes me a genius in these parts.
2014-05-14 07:08:15 AM  
2 votes:
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2014-05-14 12:35:57 PM  
1 vote:
One of the links in the article makes reference to this paper, with the notable figure below:

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Basically, part of being incompetent is not knowing you're incompetent.  Also, dumb people tend to hang around dumb people, and smart people tend to hang around smart people.  In all probability you will be close to your own personal experience of "average", likely without any real knowledge of about how your perceived average actually ranks on a more global scale.
2014-05-14 10:28:05 AM  
1 vote:

The One True TheDavid: kdawg7736: dragonchild:

Too dumb average to use the Obvious tag, subby?  America is one of the worst places in the world for the illusory superiority variant of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

I was about to say the same thing. Great minds think alike.

Oh come  on. I really am smarter than the average American. But that's not saying much: that's the shame.

By the way, if I tie a cinder block to the end of my penis and chuck it out the 2nd floor window will my IQ get higher?

I don't know. Give it a try and report back your results.
2014-05-14 10:06:13 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-05-14 09:58:42 AM  
1 vote:
 Captain, the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is, "I do not know"

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2014-05-14 08:55:50 AM  
1 vote:
A very dumb vocal minority that may or may not be taxed enough already makes it easy to believe this.
2014-05-14 08:47:11 AM  
1 vote:
This headline is average.All my headlines are above average.
2014-05-14 07:34:41 AM  
1 vote:
The average is often higher than the median. Therefore, a person of average intelligence could be smarter than most of the people in the country.
2014-05-14 07:20:39 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-05-14 06:58:06 AM  
1 vote:
Anyone who's read a fark thread should know that.
2014-05-14 06:04:11 AM  
1 vote:
I think how smart the average American is. Now think about how half the country is dumber than that.

-Rand Paul
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