Sunday, October 24, 2004

56 days: Flights of Fancy

Birds are regaining my interest. Sparrows, mynahs, crows.... I'm increasingly amused by their countless antics.

I do have a certain sense of wariness about pigeons though. Maybe it's because they seem stupid. You know how they say stupid people are the most dangerous kind of people? Something along those lines.... its the seagulls in Finding Nemo... that same sense of doom when little brains are gathered together... This is quite an interesting concept... hmm....

Haha a quick google search on "stupid" + "dangerous" + "people" turns up this website: http://www.mentalsoup.com/mentalsoup/basic.htm

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

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

The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.

A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

<>A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.
The corollary of the Law is that:
A stupid person is more dangerous than a bandit.

My god. It's actually a freakin' THESIS on the topic... with diagrams and all. Apparently done by a professor at UC Berkelely...


316 is getting to be very demoralising. I love the readings, I love the course, but goddamit this is the toughest module i've EVER taken. it does NOT help that I cannot differentiate between GEs and PEs.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey, this post came as a timely reminder for me. that the opposite of stupid is not smart. it is non-smart. that the opposite of beautiful is not ugly. it's just non-beautiful. that i should not get caught up in an easy dichotomy. hail, non-fiend.

Anonymous said...

hey, this post came as a timely reminder for me. that the opposite of stupid is not smart. it is non-smart. that the opposite of beautiful is not ugly. it's just non-beautiful. that i should not get caught up in an easy dichotomy. hail, non-fiend.
joo