Fear of autocoding!

Frederick H. Bartlett fbartlet-fixit at optonline.net
Mon Feb 11 08:13:16 EST 2002

Years ago, my father -- a professor emeritus of music at the University
of Western Ontario -- coined the acronym ETD: Ego-Talent Discrepancy.

He never published, so he can't get official credit for the observation;
but I try to do what I can to get the coinage into common currency.


Fredrik Lundh wrote:
> Courageous wrote:
> > >Very good example of someone who is afraid of autocoding.
> >
> > You never did answer my question, by the way. If one has
> > become delusional, how does one become aware of it?
> for some reason, this whole thread reminds me of this little gem:
>     Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in
>     Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to
>     Inflated Self-Assessments (Kruger & Dunning, 1999)
>     "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their
>     abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The
>     authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in
>     part, because people who are unskilled in these
>     domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these
>     people reach erroneous conclusions and make un-
>     fortunate choices, but their incompetence robs
>     them of the metacognitive ability to realize it"
>     http://www.apa.org/journals/psp/psp7761121.html
> of course, Rue is going to argue that this doesn't apply to him, but
> to everyone else.  after all, he KNOWS he's smarter than everyone
> else, and we're just too stupid to realize how stupid we are ;-)
> </F>

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