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Dunning-Kruger effect in academic subjects without test of truth

Earlier this decade, a computer simulation showed that, because of the Dunning–Kruger effect, a democracy cannot consistently elect better than mediocre people:
Mato Nagel, a sociologist in Germany, recently implemented Dunning and Kruger's theories by computer-simulating a democratic election. In his mathematical model of the election, he assumed that voters' own leadership skills were distributed on a bell curve — some were really good leaders, some, really bad, but most were mediocre — and that each voter was incapable of recognizing the leadership skills of a political candidate as being better than his or her own. When such an election was simulated, candidates whose leadership skills were only slightly better than average always won.I'm not sure if anyone has tried to research this further. However, it comes to mind that if this result is true, it can be extended to academic fields of study.

Education is commonly divided into STEM – science, technology, engineering, m…