744- I’m Not That Smart

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Is having access to unlimited information giving us a false sense of being smart? Are we smart or do we just have access to knowledge in the palm of our hands?

In this episode we discuss why having access to information like never before is causing us to think we are smarter than we actually are, along with the research that proves this idea to be true. We also describe ways in which you can use this information to make healthy decisions in your life. 

If you want to learn the difference between being smart and simply having access to information, then this episode is for you!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Understand why this way of thinking is happening . 
  2. Learn the research behind why having access to information is giving individuals the false sense of being smart.
  3. Discover how you can apply the information in this episode to your own life.  

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Episode Highlights

Why Do We Believe We Are Smarter Than We Actually Are?

  • Because of the internet, we as a society have access to knowledge and really anything.
    • Gives us the idea that we know something because we found it online.
  • However, we aren’t memorizing knowledge, we are simply accessing it. 
    • We are not experts on the topic, even though we may believe we are.

What Research Proves This To Be True?

  • The study referenced in this episode is, “Searching for Explanations: How the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge”, and was written by Matthew Fisher, MAriel K. Goddu, and Frank C. Keil in 2015.
  • The purpose of this study was to understand how having access to knowledge may or may not have an impact on our own perception of our own knowledge.
  • The study found that having internet access to information inflates our understanding of what we actually know. 

What Are The Key Takeaways From This Episode?

  • Transactive memory is an incredibly valuable way to store information.
  •  Having knowledge helps us grow as a species.
  • We need to recognize the difference between knowing something and having access to it. 
  • Unless we have domain knowledge on something, we don’t know anything.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“We think we know everything”.

“Because you have multiple brains, multiple minds, that you can divy up tasks too, you end up creating this sort of like one system that gives you access to far more than you would have by yourself”.

“We no longer have to memorize certain things, we just need to know how to access it”.

“We as individuals are starting to believe that the knowledge we are able to access through the internet is our knowledge”.

“I think a lot of this is going to get worse”.

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