Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

Tongue-in-cheek, but parts of this ring true: the basic laws of human stu­pid­ity.

  • Always and inev­it­ably every­one under­es­tim­ates the num­ber of stu­pid indi­vidu­als in cir­cu­la­tion.
  • The prob­ab­il­ity that a cer­tain per­son be stu­pid is inde­pend­ent of any oth­er char­ac­ter­ist­ic of that per­son.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A stu­pid per­son is the most dan­ger­ous type of per­son.

I par­tic­u­larly liked the dis­cus­sion about the ‘per­fect ban­dit’.

via Mar­gin­al Revolu­tion

1 thought on “Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

  1. pariah

    Since non-stu­pid people are duped by stu­pid people than non-stu­pid people must also be stu­pid.

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