The basic laws of human stupidity [Carlo M Cipolla] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of Professor Carlo M Cipolla taught at several universities in Italy, and for. In , the University of California, Berkeley, published an essay that Carlo M. Cipolla, a professor of economic history wrote, which outlines.

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Fourth Law Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid people. He was born in Paviawhere he got his academic degree in The second essay, The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity[1] [2] [3] explores the controversial subject of stupidity.

The bandit wants a plus on his account. More impressive still were the results among the professors. Everyone can use this system to study the stupidity and process the application of the Theory of Cipolla in all its possible variations.

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Archived from the original on February 16, In this regard, Nature seems indeed to have outdone herself. Geneticists and sociologists especially go out of their way to prove, with an impressive apparatus of scientific data and formulations that all men are naturally equal and if some are more equal than others, this is attributable stupiditt nurture and not to nature.

But one still has to explain and understand what essentially it is that makes a stupid person dangerous to other people – in other words what constitutes the power of stupidity.

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It is not difficult to understand how social, political and institutional power enhances the damaging potential of a stupid person. Retrieved 28 July With a stupid person all this is absolutely impossible as explained by the Third Basic Law.

It came round about by way of reader Stuupidity Keen, who sent to the UK a thin gray monograph printed anonimously in mid in Bologna, Italy. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. Cipplla such societies are plagued by the same percentage of stupid people.


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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. While a student there, thanks to professor Franco Borlandi, a specialist in Medieval economic history, he discovered his passion for economic history. Always and inevitably, everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

I take an exception to this general view. The underdeveloped of the Third World will probably take solace at the Second Basic Law as they can find in it the proof that after all the developed are not so developed.

Unfortunately the individuals entitled to a position in the B 1 area are not very numerous.

There are four types of people depending on their behavior in a transaction: But upon thoughtful reflection you must admit that these are not the events which punctuate most frequently our daily life. From all that proceeds, it does not follow, that we can chart on the basic graph only stupid individuals.

But they enjoy “an unusually high fraction of intelligent people” who collectively overcompensate for the dumbos. Cipolla produced two essays on economics, circulated in English among friends in andthen published in in Italian under the title Allegro ma non troppo “Forward, but not too fast”, “Happy but not too much”, from the musical, “Quickly, but not too quick”.


But let us abandon the lofty plane of theory and let us look pragmatically at our daily life. By creating a graph with the first factor on the x-axis and the second on the y-axis, we obtain four groups of people, with an additional category ineffectual people either existing in its own right or drawn from the members of fipolla previous category whose position with respect to both axes is least extreme:.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. When confronted with a stupid individual you are completely at his mercy. It’s impossible to determine a percentage, since any number is too small. T he basic laws of stupiity stupidity are ancient.

I stop with a little hope: Unfortunately, I know how these tests work and they do not prove anything.