Laws of Stupidity Quiz



5 Questions

According to Carlo M. Cipolla, what is the first law of stupidity?

What is the term 'stupidity' referring to?

According to the text, what is the win-win outcome?

What is the fourth law of stupidity according to Carlo M. Cipolla?

Is stupidity necessarily a bad thing?


  • Carlo M. Cipolla wrote the article "The Five Laws of Stupidity" in the 1970s.
  • The first law of stupidity is that everyone underestimates the number of stupid people.
  • The second law of stupidity is that the probability that a person is stupid is independent of any other characteristic.
  • The third law of stupidity is that a stupid person causes losses to others without gains to themselves.
  • The fourth law of stupidity is that a stupid person is unaware of their own stupidity.
  • The fifth law of stupidity is that stupidity is contagious.
  • The term 'stupidity' refers to behaving in a way that causes losses to other people without any real benefit to oneself.
  • People who are stupid often cause losses to other people, but can still be successful in other areas.
  • The win-win outcome is when someone benefits both themselves and others from their actions.
  • Stupidity is not a bad thing, it is simply a way of behaving that can lead to losses.


Test your knowledge of Carlo M. Cipolla's 'The Five Laws of Stupidity' and related concepts such as the impact of stupidity on others and the characteristics of stupid people.

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