The basic laws of human stupidity (Carlo M Cipolla)

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The basic laws of human stupidity (Carlo M Cipolla)

1. Always and inevitably, everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

2. The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.

3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons, while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

4. 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 a costly mistake.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/apr/09/improbable-research-human-stupidity


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Amazingly reminiscent of William S. Burroughs' "Rule No. 1" in Advice to Young People:
Avoid fuck-ups. Fools, I call them. You all know the type -- no matter how good it sounds, everything they have anything to do with turns into a disaster. Trouble for themselves and everyone connected with them.
Also amazingly reminiscent of the beloved current president of the U.S.A.



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