"Inveniam viam aut faciam" : I will either
find a way, or I shall make one
IGNORANT AND FREE
I have gone through one of those
cyclical cynical phases where I question why certain things happen.
Maybe others also go through these phases or maybe it is just me, but
what was different about this time was that I was able to break out of
it sooner by remembering some things I have learned.
You see every so often, I find my
self astounded with the choices that some people or managers make. Like
when management goes on a year rampage against data loss including the
purchase and installation of mandatory removable media encryption. And
then they recommend the executives use evernote on their brand-new
ipads. WTF! Or someone who repeatedly removes the anti-virus on their
machine so that they can access their oh-so-vital research web sites
**cough** pron **cough**. And then after each time wants to know why
their machine is slow. AARRGGhhh!
So yes, I went through this phase,
but nowdays I know about the Dunning-Kruger effect (also known in
certain circles as metacognition):
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a
cognitive bias in which an unskilled person makes poor decisions and
reaches erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the
metacognitive ability to realize their mistakes. The unskilled
therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as
above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly
skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority.
This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their
own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why
actual competence may weaken self-confidence: because competent
individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent
understanding. "Thus, the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from
an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly
competent stems from an error about others."
Address : <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning-Kruger_effect>
So some people think they are
geniuses because they are morons. How very zen....
Also I remember a little
economic something called an externality:
A negative externality is an action
of a product on consumers that imposes a negative side effect on a
third party; it is "social cost". Many negative externalities (also
called "external costs" or "external diseconomies") are related to the
environmental consequences of production and use. The article on
environmental economics also addresses externalities and how they may
be addressed in the context of environmental issues.
Address : <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externality>
Or to put it differently, ask the
question "who pays?". For example, while the Dunning-Kruger effect
plays a role in both my examples above, any natural caution or
forethought they may have had was negated by the answer to the question
In the ipad example, the executive
themselves do not pay for how they are using the ipads because unlike
the other data loss initiatives that are measurable and tracked, the
ipads are too new and thus are not held to the same scrutiny, thus they
do NOT pay. As for the inquisitive web surfer, when their machine gets
to slow they bug a mate to get it fixed, thus they do NOT pay. The
consequences of their actions are borne by someone else.
So all of these situations happen
because these people think they know better and have no consequences if
they turn out to be wrong.
I feel so much better now that I
figured that out........