Two Things Are Infinite: The Universe And Human Stupidity; And I’m Not Sure About The Universe.


I have just gone through the article The Five Universal Laws Of Human Stupidity 

To get a better perspective I checked out the meaning of the word “STUPID”

Adjective: stupid

Lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity

≈anserine, birdbrained, blockheaded, boneheaded, cloddish, dense, dim, doltish, dopey, dopy, dull, dumb, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, foolish, gooselike, goosey, goosy, jerky, loggerheaded
≈brainless, headless, retarded, stupid, unacademic
Devoid of good sense or judgment
=daft, dumb, foolish
≈absurd, asinine, cockamamie, cockamamy, cockeyed, derisory, fatuous, fond, goofy, harebrained, idiotic,

I had to struggle to read the little portion I read of the article because I felt it lacks real content. I have highlighted a few points to comment about.

The message the author was trying to pass was debated by two friends

Law 1: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Isn’t it a fact that humans also tend to overestimate the intelligence of opinion leaders like philosophers etc?

Is it not a fact that the perceived Stupidity Quotient (SQ) or Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of humans is completely subjective (subject to who is assessing) and not an empirically measurable trait?

Stupidity, like intelligence, doesn’t apply to all facets of life A very brilliant retentive academician may be a moron – Emotional Quotient – EQ) where other aspects of life are concerned.

Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals.

Is it not a fact that “stupid people” also overestimate the constructive power of supposedly intelligent folks? Isn’t this article just a piece of hogwash, just like the “48 Laws ofPower” (draws attention, but says nothing, really)?.

I didn’t bother to read this article completely. It is similar to 48 Laws, which I also never bothered to read to the end.

This may be good for when you just need something amusing to glance through… in your spare time..

I think the writer has a rather high SQ

There is nothing like “stupid people”.

Reason? Everything is relative. Who determines Stupidity? Who determines what act is stupid?

The writer may be talking from the pulpit, think himself obviously NOT stupid, but then he may be completely dumb, depending what the subject is.

The one who felt the article has a lot of merit said,

There are stupid people quite alright.

A terrorist is stupid for sure – they harm others and harm themselves.

There are helpless people too. People who support and hurt themselves so corrupt or incompetent politicians can get into or retain office for their own selfish ends are helpless people.

This sounded quite tepid to me.

I responded with,

When we declare that someone is stupid, this is coming from. a standpoint. There is always relativity in judgement.

If there are stupid people, then everybody is “stupid” about something. or the other.

This is why I insist you don’t classify any set of people as stupid. Your terrorist that you claim is stupid could be a whizkid in other areas (everybody is brilliant about something or the other!).

If someone is brilliant in an area and ‘stupid” in other areas, can you legitimately claim he is stupid.??

This is repeating the same mistake, all over, of focusing on a single narrative.. like classifying a government a total failure, forgetting a balance sheet is made up of two sides, and a student is not graded by focusing singularly on the subjects in which he did poorly, ALONE.

No, there aren’t stupid people, and whoever insists on this is merely grandstanding,

Would anybody reading this agree s/he is stupid?

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