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Five Types of People Defining Ignorance

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Five Types of People Defining Ignorance
Five Fundamentals of Human Stupidity

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Five Types of People Defining Ignorance

  1. 1. Page 1 of 2 Inquiry@MichaelHBallard.com • www.MichaelHBallard.com CANADA Defining Ignorance and the Five Fundamental Laws of Human Stupidity Carlos Maria Cipolla, an economic historian rose to fame by authoring the five fundamental laws of human stupidity: 1. Always and inevitably each of us underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation. 2. The probability that a given person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic possessed by that person. 3. A person is stupid if they cause damage to another person or group of people without experiencing personal gain, or even worse causing damage to themselves in the process. 4. Non-stupid people always underestimate the harmful potential of stupid people; they constantly forget that at any time anywhere, and in any circumstance, dealing with or associating themselves with stupid individuals invariably constitutes a costly error. 5. A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person there is.
  2. 2. Page 2 of 2 Inquiry@MichaelHBallard.com • www.MichaelHBallard.com CANADA Five Types of People Intelligent people who contribute to society and who leverage their contributions into reciprocal benefits Naive people who contribute to society but are taken advantage of by it (and especially by the "bandit" [q.v.] sector of it); note, however, that extreme altruists and pacifists may willingly and consciously (rather than "naive[ly]") accept a place in this category for moral or ethical reasons Bandits who pursue their own self-interest even when doing so poses a net detriment to societal welfare Stupid people whose efforts are counterproductive to both their and others' interests Helpless/ineffectual people (center) Resources http://www.cantrip.org/stupidity.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_M._Cipolla http://www.theguardian.com/education/2004/may/04/research.highereducation "There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life." Frank Zappa

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