Stupidology: A Study in Self-Awareness

Much is written about intelligence quotients, artificial intelligence, even increasing our intelligence... Overlooked in all of this is a far more important human characteristic, stupidity.

Stupidity, from the day Ruth turned around to look at Sodom to George Bush (The Lesser) running the "most powerful nation on earth," has been the real force that has run the world up from the ground, and back into the ground, time and time again.

The Wall of Fame [Hall of Shame?] will closely study the evolution(?) and importance of stupidity.

Welcome to the Mad Dog Mental Institution's Stupidology 101.


1) System in Natural Stupidity (SINS): A system which does not have the capacity to read, store, interpret, or apply information about its environment (e.g. three rocks on the ground or Administrators)

2) System Organized Stupidly (SOS): A system which lack the abiliby to reflect on its own behavior with respect to the environment and its own trends (e.g. a girlfriend or Language Art Department).

3) Artificially Stupid System (ASS): A system that possesses the technical capacities to know and understand itself but fails to use them (e.g. a College).

Gustave Flaubert once noted that "to be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless." Of course Flaubert was expelled from elementary school and failed his law exams, so it's possible he wasn't the carrying brightest torch in the night rally. He also managed to get several cases of venereal disease and died in a welter of financial difficulties.

And he's a literary hero.

The Wall of Fame [Hall of Shame?] will explore the proposition that everyone else is big, stupid, idiot. We will go on to test the proposal that it is we tortured few who are the only smart ones, and that our intellegence is actually a curse.

If people are so freaking stupid, how can mankind survive? Surprisingly, it may be that stupidity is an evolutionary positive. If it could get hairy people dressed in mastodon-hide frocks our of their caves and into patent-leather loafers and cheeseburgers, it certainly had something going on.

Fortunately, an institution of higher education is an excellent place to investigate stupidity, for unlimited tenure permits unlimited stupidity.

If you came to learn about stupidity, the Mad Dog Mental Institution is the place!

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
Albert Einstein

"Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe."

Frank Zappa

"I don't get high, but sometimes I wish I did. That way, when I messed up in life I would have an excuse. But right now there's no rehab for stupidity."
Chris Rock

Theory of Stupidity

I. People Are Stupid
     a. You are stupid
     b. I am stupid
     c. Everybody else is stupid
II. There are two types of (stupid) people:
     b. Those who are aware of the fact that People Are Stupid
     c. Those who are oblivious to this fact
III. Those who are aware of Stupidity have an advantage
     a. They can more effectively deal with the stupidity of others
     b. They can be on guard against their own stupidity
IV. Everyone should be understanding of the stupidity of others
     a. Since I am stupid, I should forgive others who are stupid
     b. Because Stupidity is a part of the human condition, it cannot be helped

*RESEARCHED BY M.D.M.I [a source you can trust with your 18 year old daughters]