James Poudrier

My curiosity for the world around me never quite stopped.

James is currently a student at the Concordia John Molson School of Business in the BComm marketing program with a background in graphic design. He has always been fascinated by what the world has to offer. As a graphic designer, James learned about fonts, page layout, color and emotions and also the importance of rethinking your first design idea. After taking an elective in Introduction to Astronomy, it sparked his interest about the world around him and made him realize all that there is to learn about the subject. After some time, he decided to switch programs from graphic design to marketing. Regardless, his curiosity for the world around him never came to a halt. The more he learnt about a subject caused a snowball effect where he began to ask more questions, finally allowing him to conclude that knowledge is not as simple as one may think.

On February 6th, James’ talk will revolve around the Dunning Kruger effect. This effect states that the less you know about a subject, the more you are comfortable and confident speaking about it. Graphic design taught James to rethink designs by reworking drawings in order to experiment with more effective possibilities. Just like graphic design requires exploration, knowledge should also be treated as a virtue of unavoidable discoveries.

The main problem lies in discovering the barriers of our knowledge, which are normally camouflaged in the jumble of facts we have in our minds. As we sort things out we notice the missing spaces.