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This Guy Perfectly Explains How Absurd Someone Sounds When They Try To Deny Science With ‘Common Sense’ By Using Analogy Of Chess
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This Guy Perfectly Explains How Absurd Someone Sounds When They Try To Deny Science With ‘Common Sense’ By Using Analogy Of Chess

We’ve all met them, we’ve been around them and we’ve probably judged them as well—people who are the least competent think that they’re the best. They will offer you their opinions on politics, economy, and social issues even though you never asked them. They’ll tell you the best route to get to point B, they will overestimate their skills and sometimes even belittle you for not agreeing with them. They’re the smart ones, after all. It is the Dunning Kruger effect in all its glory, and I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us have witnessed it unfold in real life at one point or another.

Recently, one writer from Bristol, UK put this idea into a now-viral Facebook post. He took an example of an inexperienced chess player playing the game with an expert. Naturally, the inexperienced one will lose. But what does it mean? Scroll down below to check how Tom Denton explains it.

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One man recently explained just “how stupid we all actually are”

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While Tom’s Facebook post did go viral, not everyone was in agreement with him. “That’s not science, not science at all. Like at all,” one social media user commented. “Whoever wrote this up is not a grandmaster of thought,” another one added. But we think that you should decide for yourself before jumping to conclusions.

Over 1,000 people liked the post and it quickly spread onto other social media platforms as well

Image credits: ThomasTangoDeltaDenton

Most Facebook users loved the analogy

But people weren’t so agreeable on Imgur

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Dorothy Parker
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2 years ago

Comparison to a five year old is remarkably accurate. Small soft hands, has to use both hands to drink out of glass rather than a sippy cup. Can't resist running down a ramp. Is always the best!

Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

He is indeed like a child that never learned anything, and worse, surrounded himself only with people who will praise him for a paycheck.

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Daria B
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2 years ago

Well, to me it's "common sense" that an expert knows better and I. So, you might question what they say, but to straight out deny, without pursuing any further insights from more professional sources, and with a closed mind, that's against the common sense they so much refer to.

Moriarty2
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of people just believe the liars and people intentionally misleading them because that's what they want to hear. It seems like confirmation bias at its worst. Right now my elderly parents accept any good news as the truth because they still don't grasp that a pandemic is a serious issue.

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Blarrg
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2 years ago

I don't think the analogy holds. Every moderately good chessplayer would beat me handily in every chess game I played with them, but not every 'expert' offers the same opinion. A very good friend of mine is a PhD microbiologist, works for a large pharmaceutical. He believes that the whole COVID thing is overblown and that the government is using it to assert control. "Experts" certainly have more understanding than most of us, but the premise that all of them are going to have more correct opinions than the rest of us simply doesn't hold.

M O'Connell
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2 years ago

There are many types of microbiologists, and not all of their specialties are relevant to the discussion of a viral pathogen. For instance, if your friend specialized in parasitology, or mycology, they aren't necessarily in-the-know regarding respiratory diseases.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

Comparison to a five year old is remarkably accurate. Small soft hands, has to use both hands to drink out of glass rather than a sippy cup. Can't resist running down a ramp. Is always the best!

Virgil Blue
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2 years ago

He is indeed like a child that never learned anything, and worse, surrounded himself only with people who will praise him for a paycheck.

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Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, to me it's "common sense" that an expert knows better and I. So, you might question what they say, but to straight out deny, without pursuing any further insights from more professional sources, and with a closed mind, that's against the common sense they so much refer to.

Moriarty2
Community Member
2 years ago

A lot of people just believe the liars and people intentionally misleading them because that's what they want to hear. It seems like confirmation bias at its worst. Right now my elderly parents accept any good news as the truth because they still don't grasp that a pandemic is a serious issue.

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Blarrg
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think the analogy holds. Every moderately good chessplayer would beat me handily in every chess game I played with them, but not every 'expert' offers the same opinion. A very good friend of mine is a PhD microbiologist, works for a large pharmaceutical. He believes that the whole COVID thing is overblown and that the government is using it to assert control. "Experts" certainly have more understanding than most of us, but the premise that all of them are going to have more correct opinions than the rest of us simply doesn't hold.

M O'Connell
Community Member
2 years ago

There are many types of microbiologists, and not all of their specialties are relevant to the discussion of a viral pathogen. For instance, if your friend specialized in parasitology, or mycology, they aren't necessarily in-the-know regarding respiratory diseases.

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