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  • Writer's pictureEileen McDargh

Beware Of What You “Think You Know”

I attended a virtual Sunday church service with my twin brother, Dr. John McDargh. There was one part of the sermon that, frankly, hit me square between the eyes—particularly as we all attempt to move forward in these challenging times.

It’s a theory in education called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Basically, it says that the less you know about something, the more you think you know about it. How many folks do you know who read a paragraph and then suddenly, become geniuses in that topic?

Conversely, the more you know about something, the less you realize you know. Author Mark Manson has named this the “paradox of our own ignorance.” As the years have passed, I have heard myself say “the older I get, the more I know that I don’t know”.

Perhaps coming from a place of curiosity to learn more might just move our families and communities closer.

Whatcha think?

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