The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity (Il Mulino) Kindle Edition
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- Publication Date : November 3, 2011
- File Size : 244 KB
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 40 pages
- Publisher : Società editrice il Mulino (November 3, 2011)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B005ZX622C
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #900,751 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By: Carla Cipolla
When I first got this book, I wasn’t sure whether it was a joke or meant to be serious.
After completing the book, I’m convinced it was more of a joke.
The book is based on the following laws:
1. Always and Inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid people 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 constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people infallibly turns out to be a costly mistake.
5. A stupid person is the most dangerous kind of person. A stupid person is more dangerous than a bandit.
The basic premise is that you cannot explain the behavior of stupid people because it is irrational and thus stupid. Don’t try to understand stupid people.
The book is more of an analysis of the population of stupid people and the harmful effects they can have. The idea is to avoid stupid people. However, the book fails to provide any details of how to recognize a stupid person before they can cause harm. And it fails to provide tips on how work with a stupid person, that you have to encounter.
Overall, I was just very disappointed with this book.
This is a must read, for everyone to understand the nature of human stupidity. We all are stupid, to varying degrees and at various times. Reading this will reduce your own level of acting stupidly or being injured by the stupid.
Forewarned is fore-armed and this is excellent armament for all who interact with others. It gives you the insight to identify whom you are dealing with.
Top reviews from other countries
No, it doesn't offer solutions. If it was easy to find a solution for the biggest problem in human history, I'm sure we would have found it by now. But who knows, a better understanding of how stupidity works could be a step in the right direction ☺🤞