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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

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The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla
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Apr 06, 2021 | ISBN 9780385546478

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“Cipolla’s subtle tongue-in-cheek humor made this book an underground classic in Italy. Today, under current worldwide political trends, it reads more like black humor. Keep in mind: reliable statistical data shows that 98% of the people seriously believe that they are far less stupid than the average.”
Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

“Subtly lacerating.”
Publishers Weekly

“The more you confront actual stupidity in everyday life, the more infuriating it is, whereas the more you contemplate it in the abstract, the more amusing it becomes. Cipolla finds the perfect tone to handle this paradox. On the page, he is arch and slightly annoyed, with a good deal of mock scholarly gravity thrown in…. Cipolla is very droll, and his theories—however deeply he has implanted his tongue in his cheek—have a helpful, clarifying quality.”
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