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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

Posted by Amélie, on 26 June 2012. Comments: 0

First Law: "Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation."

Contrary to what one might expect, The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity is actually a very short and straightforward essay. In merely 70 pages of half-joking mathematical demonstrations and socio-philosophical theories, Carlo M. Cipolla sheds light on the logic (or lack thereof) behind the actions of stupid people and their consequences on the existence of other human beings. The five fundamental laws of stupidity are caustically laid out and interspersed with diagrams illustrating the equations that govern human behaviour. You will learn the difference between a cretin and an idiot, and why one is harmless while the other can ruin your existence. It will soon become clear why being able to determine which category of person the humans around you belong to could prove a precious life-saving skill...

First written in English in 1976 by Italian economic historian Carlo M. Cipolla, this essay reminiscent of British satires of the 18th century has lost nothing of its wit and relevance; and while it fails to offer pragmatic ways of dealing with the stupid individuals around us, it at least provides us with an amusing and much needed vent to let out some of the stupidity-induced steam clogging our minds like a London smog.

Product Description: The stupid are all around us: in every place, in every class of society, ready to cause damage to others and (they are stupid, are they not?) to themselves. They are the most dangerous category of human beings. Never underestimate them.

Historian Carlo M. Cipolla wrote this essay in a constructive effort to recognize, understand, and thus possibly neutralize one of the most powerful dark forces which hinder the growth of human welfare and happiness. And should it prove impossible to save ourselves from stupidity, at least we can take some mild revenge in laughing at it.

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