The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

Tue October 4, 2005 at 13:48 | Posted in Various | Leave a comment

Carlo M. Cipolla wrote these 5 basic laws of human stupidity:

  • Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
  • The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.
  • A stupid person is a person who caused losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.
  • Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be costly mistake.
  • A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
  • To get a deeper understanding, have a look at this page.

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