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This is a thread dedicated to discussion regarding stupidity.

Let me get the ball rolling

These are Cipolla's five fundamental laws of stupidity:

)>Always and inevitably each of us underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

)>The probability that a given person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic possessed by that person.

)>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.

)>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.

)>A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person there is.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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We covered those already, did we not?

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bobbym wrote:

Hmmm, what does it matter about stupidity? How do you know stupidity? Do you ask people whether they are stupid? Would a stupid person know they are stupid? I do not ask the people who join whether they are stupid, why should I?

You did not cover much

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.

― Albert Einstein

Stupidity is infinite, it needs more study

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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More of that Einstein, I will have you know that Einy has not said anything brilliant recently.

Know the moral of the duck? Could be that a study of stupidity might be dangerous.

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What is the moral of the duck?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The Duck Test.

Mazey wrote:

But when I see a bird that quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, has feathers and webbed feet and associates with ducksIm certainly going to assume that he is a duck.

Wikipedia wrote:

The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject's habitual characteristics. It is sometimes used to counter abstruse arguments that something is not what it appears to be.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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