School of Life: A Very Bad YouTube Channel | Big Joel (video, 25 min) – Just a funny take down of a ridiculous self-help channel. I was surprised to learn that School of Life is made by Alain De Botton, who I mostly remember from his 2012 TED talk about “Atheism 2.0”. At the time, his talk certainly struck a chord with a lot of atheists who were unhappy with the state of the atheist movement. But whenever I heard details about his specific suggestions, they were completely full of shit. He just had no idea what he was talking about, and worse, he erased the efforts of other atheists who had similar criticisms and who were actually involved in the communities they wanted to change. I hated this guy, and now I feel vindicated.
The Dunning-Kruger effect: Misunderstood, misrepresented, overused, and… nonexistent? | Skepchick – Ever since researching and writing about the Dunning-Kruger effect, I’ve been convinced that it’s not very good psychology, and even worse as pop psychology. So I’m glad to see this independent (and more thorough) review.
While on this subject, I was reminded of my research into perceptions of penis size, where I learned that (non-Asian) men systematically overestimate their penis size (“penis Lake Wobegon” I called it). Following Dunning-Kruger logic, we must conclude that having a smaller penis deprives one of the ability to accurately self-assess one’s penis size.
Science & Religion Aren’t Compatible (But only in America) | Skepchick – Rebecca Watson discusses a study demonstrating the point in the title. If anyone has paper access I’m curious what it says about the UK and Canada.
In Search of a Flat Earth | Folding Ideas (video, 76 min) – I see that video essays are quickly approaching movie length. Dan Olson disproves a conspiracy theory with some beautiful footage, not that it matters to the doomsday cult.