Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.

Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are abundant, they are irrational, and they cause problems for others without apparent benefit to themselves, thereby lowering society’s total well-being. There are no defenses against stupidity, argued the Italian-born professor, who died in 2000. The only way a society can avoid being crushed by the burden of its idiots is if the non-stupid work even harder to offset the losses of their stupid brethren.

Let’s take a look at Cipolla’s five basic laws of human stupidity:


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Carlo M. Cipolla. -- sheer genius!! I always knew there were stupid people in most of the places I have been, but I never thought of it as a constant.

Posted by: Stu Buchalter | Apr 1, 2021 4:24:15 PM

"Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person." Nearly.

A stupid, energetic, ambitious person is the most dangerous type of person.

Posted by: dearieme | Apr 2, 2021 8:09:28 AM

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