They are: pure stupidity, ignorant stupidity, fish-out-of-water stupidity, rule-based stupidity…
Very often, stupidity isn’t derived from an absence of mental materials but from a superfluity of them. It is the product of all the stuff we carry around in our minds and absorb from others: powerful algorithms, bad theories, fake facts, seductive stories, leaky metaphors, misplaced intuitions.
… overthinking stupidity…
You can trace a fundamental divide in Western thought between those who believe that knowledge and rationality invariably make us smarter and those who warn they can also make us dumber. On one side, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, Voltaire, Paine, Russell; on the other, Socrates, Montaigne, Burke, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein. The latter group includes thinkers who are, in their different ways, interested in the ways that human intelligence generates a unique kind of stupidity.
… emergent stupidity
In my book CONFLICTED I show how avoiding open disagreement reduces the collective intelligence of any group. The more that members of a group follow a rule like ‘agree with the consensus’ or ‘agree with the leader’ the less gets contributed to the general pool of ideas and arguments. The shallower the pool, the more likely it is that something stupid will crawl out from it.
… and ego-driven stupidity
The truth is that stupidity is often an act of will: people make themselves stupid, when it suits them.
Live versions not so good as the studio one, I’m afraid.
You ain’t nothing but another man’s woman… Not very elegant to say, absolutely not advisable writing it today, but nevertheless one of the most powerful sentences in lyrics you’ll ever hear, …living on another man’s land… Is there anything more basic or primitive, and so, honest, pathetic and also convenient, for a male to feel when he’s dumped by a female?
Anyway, the song’s terrific.
No sé muy bien qué es ser feliz,
ni me preocupa demasiado,
pero cuando estuve cerca
tú estabas a mi lado
«Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We’ve sinned against you, for we went away from our God and served the Baals.”
The LORD replied to the Israelites, “When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines, Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me, didn’t I rescue you from their power? But you have gone away from me and served other gods, so I won’t rescue you anymore!Go cry out to the gods you’ve chosen. Let them rescue you in the time of your distress.”
The Israelites responded to the LORD, “We’ve sinned. Do to us whatever you see as right, but please save us this time.” They put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And the LORD could no longer stand to see Israel suffer».
The film (2009) and the poem (1875). The poem’s terrific, the film’s good, Mandela’s an extraordinary man, and the reborn South Africa an uncanny successful ending to the most opprobrious modern nation-state.
I left home rather precariously and not with my parents’ approval, so I was surprised and grateful at my father’s giving me a modest quantity of money to let me have a start —a money he certainly wasn’t at all in excess of.
In fact, I must say I’m more grateful now than I was at the time. But I’ve been stupid for a long time in my youth and later, so that’s self-explaining.
Those were (from June 1989 to February 1991) hard times for us, in regard to money. And some time after, as well.
… gonna lie for you, gonna die for you
Ain’t no fish in the sea,
gonna sigh for you, gonna try for you
Then, many years later the person who made those words actual was born.