As some may have noticed, I’ve lately been posting on the inanities of what people are doing. In different places for different reasons, people are causing losses to others and themselves. This is the definition of stupidity.
A professor Cipolla, wrote this. I’ve kept it in my mind for years. It is an important work which people should come to understand and learn from. I will reproduce it in its entirety.
THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY
by Carlo M. Cipolla
illustrations by James Donnelly
Table of contents
- The first basic law of human stupidity
- The second basic law
- The third (and golden) basic law
- Frequency distribution
- The power of stupidity
- The fourth basic law
- The fifth basic law
The first basic law of human stupidity
The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:
Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.
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