(Original post by Aisha~~)
No, you're confusing social status with self-perception. Dunning-Kruger effect kicks in when a person has unfaltering confidence in his/her understanding of the world.
They believe that they are inherently correct. No other answer can be correct in their minds. The problem arises since your skills in assessing an argument, are the same skills you use to form an argument. It results in circular reasoning, as seen in teleological arguments. Your description of yourself matches the Dunning-Kruger illusion perfectly. If the thoery is correct, arguing with you is futile. You will forever be blinded to the reality
of the situation by your own confidence. You will never see past it, in fact you will probably attempt to refute that fact as well, to maintain your perceived standing in the argument.
To add to your other point: no, I would never be so arrogant as to claim there is, or there isn't a God. No human can ever give direct empirical evidence as to the existence of God, therefore it is ignorant and silly to claim either. However, there are cases where belief in God is beneficial. Or more, there are PEOPLE that will find more benefit in belief in the existence of God, than agnostic or atheist beliefs. These are people that want a quick answer, they want to be satisfied that someone else has answered their questions. They don't really mind how correct, or valid the answers are
. It can have beneficial effects on a persons life when they have a 'foundation' of perceived truths, which allow them to get along with the rest of their life in peace. However the problem is, humans have innate curiosity for everything in life. It's the reason we are a medium-sized mammalian species with a population of 7 billion. We like to learn new things, we adapt quickly, and we have creative and problem-solving thought processes. But in order for us to learn, develop, and adapt, we need to have the ability to doubt and second-guess our own understanding (hence: research). If we have an unfaltering belief in our own understanding, we will never make progress in knowledge.
Imagine if, in your first years of primary school, you were taught that 1+1=5, and cars are powered by burning kittens. Imagine you never questioned that knowledge, you were never told any different, throughout your life. Imagine that knowledge was passed down to your children, to their children, and so on, never once being subject to questioning, or thought of differently. Just think of the profound implication that could have, on both yourself, and others around you. This is exactly why unfaltering belief in God is detrimental. A few hundred years ago things like gravity, thunder, the tides, were all explained away as acts of God. Until someone questioned that assumption. Now we know differently, that gravity is a result of the curvature of space-time, that thunder is the discharge of static electricity from clouds, that the tides are a result of the orbit of the moon. Humans would never have progressed to be such a successful species, if we never doubted our own beliefs.