## The Dunning-Kruger effect

The situation I find myself in all too often is one where I feel like my knowledge and abilities are woefully inadequate for some particular task and feel glad that I allowed others to perform the task because they so loudly and repeatedly assured me how capable they were. Time and time again, the job gets bungled by incompetence and I find myself cursing everyone, especially myself for not having done it myself to begin with.

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which subjects reach erroneous conclusions but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it. The highly unskilled therefore rate their own ability as much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their abilities.

Deep inside of a parallel universe

It’s getting harder and harder

To tell what came first

I have started a couple of posts, but they don’t develop into anything because my head is not connected to the rest of my body sometimes, especially during finals. I forget to eat and bathe because I get so absorbed in my studies. I took the liberty of a little bit of hyperbole there (I do manage to stick to a normal routine, minus my hardly over-the -top enthusiasm).

I digress, which for me is the normal course. I am in the process of matriculating for yet another semester at community college. My thoughts vacillate between relief that I don’t have to endure the trauma of moving into a new school in the middle of winter with no friends and no clue, and the disillusionment that comes with seeing my oft-delayed plans once more waylaid by fate.

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## Life after Finals?

###### The process is simple:

- I have to apply as a New Student because technically I graduated
- Fill out a new Financial Aid form
- Once again have the school fill out a Section 30 for me (as if I actually believe there is any chance of me getting one more day of unemployment)
- Then register for classes before my financial aid disappears

I already know some of the classes that I want to take. For obvious reasons I am only going to take classes that will transfer to UMass Amherst, even though I’ll probably go to Bridgewater State because the UMass admissions people have either decided to reject me or are taking way too long.

**Advanced Statistics** – but Earthling, you say, you have never taken a statistics class before in your life! How can they let you take advanced, i.e. calculus based, statistics?

MAT 217 Advanced Statistics 3 Credits (3 Lecture 0 Lab 0 Clinical) 3 Hours/Week (3 Hrs. Lecture) *15 wks This calculus-based statistics course expands upon students’ knowledge by further developing the essential concepts underlying mathematical statistics. Topics include counting methods, probability theory, random variables, expectation, variance, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Students are expected to become fluent in discrete and continuous probability distributions and their applications. The Ti-83 (or higher) graphing calculator is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: MAT 204 Co-requisite: MAT 206

**Multivariate Calculus** – yes, it is every bit as much fun as it sounds! (For once I am being totally serious.)

MAT 203 Multivariate Calculus 3 Credits (3 Lecture 0 Lab 0 Clinical) 3 Hours/Week (3 Hrs. Lecture) *15 wks Topics include sequences and series, study of functions in several variables, partial derivatives, gradient, differentials, directional derivatives, Lagrange multipliers, and problems in optimization, Jacobians and integrals in 2 or 3 variables. Students will be required to complete homework assignments using a web-based computer program. Prerequisite: MAT 204

**Introduction to Mathematical Proofs** – Another class where I have to pinch myself and ask how can I get so lucky – three amazing classes in one semester!

MAT 211 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs 4 Credits (4 Lecture 0 Lab 0 Clinical) 4 Hours/Week (4 Hrs. Lecture) *15 wks This course introduces the student to the formal methods of mathematical proof. Course topics include set theory, logic, proof by contrapositive, existence proofs, proof by contradiction, mathematical induction, proof by counterexample, mathematical conjectures, equivalence relations, congruence Modulo n, the integers Modulo n and simple proofs in Number Theory. This course serves as a necessary conceptual bridge from the undergraduate study of calculus to more advanced mathematics courses involving proofs and analysis. Prerequisite: MAT 204, MAT 205 and MAT 209 are recommended.

In the meantime, while I am waiting for the Spring semester to begin in late January, I will finally wrap up the MIT courses I have been testing out online; Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel and Essential Statistics for Data Analysis Using Excel. They have others that seem a lot more engaging, but I want to do this right and build the necessary background to succeed in advanced stats.

Can someone please teach me how Bitcoin and Cryptokitty works? I feel that something really big is happening in the realm of computer programming and it is a field in which I have never ventured, except for a fledgling step here and there.

**The more that I learn, the longer the list of things I don’t know gets!**

## Misfit College Fund 2018

I apologize for the low “readability” score, but in my defense it has been a week since my last post and even longer since I had any sort of regularity. That same “continuing to happen at regularly spaced intervals” is missing from a great many facets of my life right now. I need a spiritual laxative.