Friday, June 22, 2012

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity.

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

As an early preparation for future essays on the neurological basis of Conservative psychology on this blog, the classic essay on the "Basic Laws of Human Stupidity" is probably required. Explanations of *how* Conservatives are meaner, more rigid, and possibly stupider in intellect than Progressives, can be seen here:

As an early preparation for future observations on the neurological basis of Conservative psychology, an essay on the Basic Laws of Human Stupidity is a necessity.  Explanations of *how* Conservatives are meaner, more rigid, and possibly stupider in intellect than progresives, can be seen here:

But the Basic Laws are as informative as they are hilarious. The First Basic Law of Stupidity states:

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

The Second Basic Law, "The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person," is obvious when looking at a typical Conservative harangue.  (Scroll down to the bottom of to see the Comments of "Anonymous," and my responses to him/her.)

And The Third (And Golden) Basic Law, "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" contains the kernel of the danger of the stupid Conservative - he hurts everyone around him.

Until modern science discovers ways to increase our intelligence, or the intelligence of our unborn, through genetic engineering or biochemical means, we shall continue to suffer the pains of Conservative blunderings.

Our only choice is to criminalize conservatism.

'Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of himan existence"

Eric Fromm
"We need  twelve-step grop for compulsive talkers.  They would call it On Anon Anon."

Paula Poundstone


  1. Reality check: on your "Conservative Rhetoric" page, you describe some common characteristics of convervative rhetoric. One of them is this:

    Step 3. Sarcasm and Name-Calling, coupled with hateful rhetoric, instill feelings of fear and hate in the crowd, and are intimately related to the political smear. Newt Gingrich mastered the use of words like "sick, pathetic, lie, destructive, self-serving, welfare, bizarre, decay, traitors, radical, destroy, pathetic, corrupt, steal and shame" in his speeches that merit memorizing on by you to use in your everyday speech.

    Please explain to me why this post, explaining why Conservatives are "stupider" [sic], is not an example of this exact technique, which you clearly decry?

  2. The answer to your question is referred to in The Science Page, a topic that will be expanded upon in future posts: the word "stupider" was meant to be a subtle, satirical reminder that the overwhelming amount of studies on Conservative behavior have documented the comparative lack of subtlety and intelligence of the Conservative mind when compared to those attributes of the liberals in the studies. I urge you, Mr. Right, to invest $25.95 in The Republican Brain ( to find out why Mr. Right will more commonly prove to be Mr. Wrong.