It’s True of Biblical Dilettantes as Well…

Mutatis mutandis, this also applies to those who always have a ‘strong opinion’ about theological matters or biblical interpretation in spite of the fact that they actually know virtually nothing about it-

“Studies have shown that people who lack expertise in some area of knowledge often have a cognitive bias that prevents them from realizing that they lack expertise. As psychologist David Dunning puts it in an op-ed for Politico, “The knowledge and intelligence that are required to be good at a task are often the same qualities needed to recognize that one is not good at that task — and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at the task. This includes political judgment. Essentially, they’re not smart enough to realize they’re dumb.”

3 thoughts on “It’s True of Biblical Dilettantes as Well…

  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 21/09/2016 at 12:25 pm

    “…and if one lacks such knowledge and intelligence, one remains ignorant that one is not good at the task. This includes political judgment. Essentially, they’re not smart enough to realize they’re dumb.”
    One should not be ashamed of admitting that he doesn’t know all about an subject whereas enjoying the freedom of venturing opinions.

    Someone said this (if they didn’t they should have said it): “When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead; it’s the other people who know you dead and call you dead; SAME THING AS WHEN YOU’RE AN IDIOT!”

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    • Jim 21/09/2016 at 12:29 pm

      true. there are lots of things i don’t know a thing about. but i don’t go visit blogs where they’re discussed and tell them my opinion. because i know what i don’t know.

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  2. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 21/09/2016 at 12:43 pm

    Expressing opinions in the scenario of an expert blog, in order to avoid a tone that appears to be demanding that said opinion prevails, must be done very carefully and I am guilty of violating my own rules. Opinions have to be clearly labeled as “opinion”, the non-expertise of the “opinionator” has to preface the opinion (called today “full-disclosure”), and/or be stated in the form of a question. If I am doing well and my head is fresh I attempt to state my opinions on theological blogs (the ones that matter to me as this one) by saying something as “I’m not a theologian, but isn’t this….? or I begin with some self-deprecating comment such as “I am only the one eyed man in a blind men’s land…”
    It is hard, but is harder to appear to be babbler, an idiot, or a troll-er… If people agree with my opinion, great… I had a moment of glory; one rare and random moment of glory is far better than constant shame and derision… (Man I should go back to life-coaching…)

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