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Allopathic doctors overestimate their intelligence and make things up when they're wrong, study suggests


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(NaturalNews) After completing a formal college education and receiving a degree in medicine, a doctor may feel that they are now an expert. It's this sense of pride that can infect a doctor's intelligence, ultimately preventing them from learning more each day. This pride can close one's mind to new pathways of learning. In the field of medicine, this pride can block out and override complementary, integrative and less-invasive modalities of healing, ultimately leading patients astray.

The true essence of learning is not "arriving" or gaining title. The beauty of learning is in the experience, to be caught up in the endless river, the flow, and the wonder. In medicine, allopathic doctors miss out on the healing components of nature, plants, and minerals because of the way they are educated, trained, and then lifted on a pedestal.

Many so-called experts fall into the trap of over-claiming their knowledge in their area of "expertise." This ego is ultimately what blinds them, holding them captive in their arrogance. It's the ego that clouds one's vision, allowing a person to see only an exaggerated version of self. It's this ego that keeps people from a deeper pursuit of knowledge, spirit, and truth within any given area. In the field of allopathic medicine, this ego runs rampant, like an infectious disease.

This hidden ego sickness consumes the very character of allopathic doctors. When they are wrong, they make things up to make their self look better. Intuition in the art of healing is drowned out of allopathic medicine and is replaced by a version of "settled" science that is really only dogma. Medical schools have a long way to go before they understand the science, technology, and art of nature and all the real medicines that flow abundantly from Earth.

Self-proclaimed experts claim competence of fake concepts

A three-phase study published in Psychological Science finds that experts are quick to claim knowledge they don't have, while touting knowledge that doesn't even exist. This phenomenon, called overclaiming, is used by anyone who thinks they have arrived in their field of study. This illusion of knowledge controls their perception of self, propelling them to claim competence of concepts that don't even exist!

Psychological scientist Stav Atir of Cornell University says, "Our work suggests that the seemingly straightforward task of judging one's knowledge may not be so simple, particularly for individuals who believe they have a relatively high level of knowledge to begin with."

The first study tested 100 people who thought they were experts in personal finance. They were instructed to rate their general knowledge of finance, along with 15 finance terms. Most of the terms were real (inflation, home equity, Roth IRA), but some words in the survey were intentionally made up (fixed-rate deduction, annualized credit, pre-rated stocks). The goal of the study was to see if experts claimed knowledge about fake topics in their field of expertise.

It turned out that most of the "financial experts" claimed knowledge about finance terms that don't even exist.

"The more people believed they knew about finances in general, the more likely they were to over-claim knowledge of the fictitious financial terms," Atir commented "The same pattern emerged for other domains, including biology, literature, philosophy, and geography."

"For instance," Atir explains, "people's assessment of how much they know about a particular biological term will depend in part on how much they think they know about biology in general."

The second experiment tested 49 experts in their field of study. These experts were warned beforehand about fake terms in their survey, but that didn't stop them from confidently claiming knowledge on a variety of bogus terms!

Self-perceived experts claim knowledge about places that don't even exist

In a third experiment, participants were randomly selected to complete an easy quiz on iconic US cities, a difficult quiz, or no quiz at all. Afterward, researchers found that those who took the easy quiz felt they were more knowledgeable about geography than the people who took the difficult quiz or took no quiz at all.

The people who felt like experts were given a list of US cities and told to rate their familiarity with them. Some of the cities listed were real; some were fake. People from all three groups recognized the real locations, such as Philadelphia and the National Mall; however, the people who felt more knowledgeable after taking the easy quiz readily claimed knowledge about non-existent locations. For example, many easy quiz participants claimed their familiarity with a fake place called Cashmere, Oregon.

It's this phenomenon of over-claiming that creates an illusion of knowledge, ultimately leading "professionals" to a state of mind where they feel they have arrived. In this illusion, they are less likely to truly educate themselves and keep the learning process evolving. In essence, their arrogance leads to ignorance.

This is definitely the case for allopathic doctors, who feel their knowledge is superior to others. They are less likely to admit their knowledge gaps, further preventing their self from learning. This leads to uninformed decisions in medicine, ultimately leading patients astray.

Sources:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/07/14/0956797615588195

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