There Are No Experts: Food, Riots, and Coronavirus
May 30, 2020
Today’s post was supposed to be about the public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus quarantine, but something more urgent came up. The Dunning-Kruger effect is a fascinating cognitive bias that causes enormous human suffering. We see it in the prolonged over-reaction to Coronavirus and the riots following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The experts include politicians, police, and community activists (peaceful). Non-experts include anarchists and rioters, on the one side, and anti-riot militias, on the other.