Revealing People's Inflated Sense of Knowledge

We may not know as much as we think we do, University research suggests. Our own knowledge may be riddled with holes, but the information contained in many people’s minds forms a vast web of communal understanding. The shared knowledge effect described by Sloman reveals our ignorance as individuals and points to the intellectual strength of groups.

The Brown Daily Herald profiles new research by Prof. Steven Sloman highlighing individual ignorance, and society's reliance on group knowledge.