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May 26, 2019

People Doing Stupid Things

Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense. It may be innate, assumed, or reactive – ‘being “stupid with grief” as a defence against trauma’, a state marked with ‘grief and despair…making even simple daily tasks a hardship’.
Evolutionary psychology maintains that ‘creative stupidity and able misfits prove the existence of the human learning instincts…can exist because instincts are highly independent’.
Stupidity is a quality or state of being stupid, or an act or idea that exhibits properties of being stupid. The root word stupid, which can serve as an adjective or noun, comes from the Latin verb stupere, for being numb or astonished, and is related tostupor: in Roman culture, ‘the stupidus of the mimes’ was a sort of ‘professional buffoon – the “fall-man”, the eternal he-who-gets-kicked’.
According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, the words “stupid” and “stupidity” entered the English language in 1541. Since then, stupidity has taken place along with “fool,” “idiot,” “dumb,” “moron,” and related concepts as a pejorative appellation for human misdeeds, whether purposeful or accidental, due to absence of mental capacity.
The word “stupidest” is increasingly common in newspapers.
The modern English word “stupid” has a broad range of application, from being slow of mind (indicating a lack of intelligence, care or reason), dullness of feeling or sensation (torpidity, senseless, insensitivity), or lacking interest or point (vexing, exasperating). It can either infer a congenital lack of capacity for reasoning, or a temporary state of daze or slow-mindedness.

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