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This factoid from the documentary on netflix called (Dis)Honesty.  It's about a scientist and his experiments about lying.  He (and others) have found that about 80% of Americans at least believe that they are above average, and this is diplomatically called the Optimism Bias.  So 80% of us believe that we are smarter than average.  Better drivers, lovers, cooks.  You get the idea.

If 50% actually are above average, and 30% more think they are when they are not, then we are surrounded by blowhards, egotists, optimists of the ickiest kind.  I guess the other 20% knows that they are below average or thinks that they are even if they are above average.

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bobby1933
Jul. 2nd, 2016 08:41 am (UTC)
Yes, but maybe not our "true nature."
liveonearth
Jul. 2nd, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's the question, eh. What is our true nature? Your answer reveals your metaphysics.

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