Cipolla’s 5 Laws of Human Stupidity
Carlo Cipolla’s law of stupidity states that “always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.” Even though Cipolla originally wrote about the principle and its consequences for society in the form of an amusing letter to his friends, it gained wide attention. Today Cipolla’s law is often used to highlight the importance of critical thinking and careful decision making in order to counteract the potential effects of endemic ignorance.
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00:44 5 Basic laws of human stupidity]
01:42 4 Factors of human behavior
02:26 The effects on society
03:32 Cipolla’s point of view
04:21 What do you think?
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