Monday, August 28, 2006

An essay on 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.

The Second Basic Law states:

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

If the above sounds right to you, then The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity is a must read. Originally published in the Whole Earth Review in 1987 by Carlo M. Cipolla, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley.

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