Robert Ringer Archives

Let the Good Times Roll

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)


Some years ago, a guy by the name of Stephen Wilkinson thought he had won a $102,000 jackpot on a twenty-five-cent Wheel of Fortune at a Philadelphia Park Casino slot machine.  “Not so fast, Stevo baby,” said the casino’s management, who insisted it was all a big mistake — a “communication error.” The casino explained […]

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Left to Wonder

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)


When I was a teenager, one of my good friends was Gary Nathan.  Gary was one of those kids who was the target of the school’s taunters and teasers.  Even nice guys threw barbs at him, but he took it all in a good-natured way. I probably teased Gary myself on occasion … I honestly […]

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Mankind – The Failed Experiment

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (66)


As havoc reigns throughout the world — in the Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and, above all, the United States of Wi-Fi (though chaos in the U.S. is still pretty much camouflaged by the addictive and hypnotic powers of mobile devices) — I am reminded of one of those ancient-astronaut books I read many years […]

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Your Hidden Genius

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)


I’ve had an emotional attachment to Sylvester Stallone and his Rocky films since 1977.  It all began when one of my secretaries told me she had seen a movie over the weekend that was a “must see” for me.  She went on to say that Sylvester Stallone’s success with his first Rocky film closely paralleled […]

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More on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)


After my article on the Dunning-Kruger effect, a couple of readers asked me to describe a specific example of an incompetent, overconfident person I’ve had to deal with in the past.  The best example I can think of is one that I wrote about in my book Action! Nothing Happens Until Something Moves. In an […]

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Blissful Incompetence

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


Have you ever been exasperated by the incompetence of others?  Worse, have you ever been amazed by the overconfidence of someone who has repeatedly demonstrated his ineptitude?  If so, you’re not alone.  This phenomenon is rampant in the dumbed-down, feel-good 21st century Western world. Two Cornell University psychology professors, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, have […]

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Snowstorms and Unemployment

Posted on February 16, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)


Isn’t is remarkable that vote-hungry politicians continue their never-ending extensions of unemployment benefits, even though these benefits, like minimum-wage laws, actually cause unemployment? The fact is that when many people say they can’t find a job, what they really mean is they can’t find the job they want, at the wage they want, under the […]

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Fighting the Funk

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)


A reader (“John”) recently asked me a number of questions that I’ve been asked many times before, in one form or another: I’ve read your book Looking Out For #1 and the part that particularly catches my eye is where you were down to the point of living out of a Ryder truck. … I’d […]

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The Travails of the Status Seeker

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)


I recently ran into a casual acquaintance, Peter, in the lobby of a hotel where I was staying.  I hadn’t seen Peter in many years and almost didn’t recognize him. After shaking hands, I asked him what he’d been up to all these years, and his response reminded me of something the great Tom Wolfe […]

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Who’s the Biggest Pinhead of All?

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)


After Bill O’Reilly’s childish bloviating for a week about his upcoming interview with Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, guaranteeing viewers that he was going to ask questions that were different from any Obama has ever before heard and that the questions would be cast in such a way as to leave no wiggle room […]

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