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September 17, 1932

A Short Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity.

JAMA. 1932;99(12):1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740640059035

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Abstract

After Sinclair Lewis wrote "Babbitt," he pointed out that even the best of us are Babbitts and that even the smartest man may have Babbitt characteristics. Professor Pitkin has made a survey of stupidity among the great, among nations and races, indeed, such a massive array of stupidity in general as to convince the reader that stupidity is everywhere and that one is warranted in indicting Professor Pitkin for stupidity for making so much of stupidity. One need not search far to understand why human beings are stupid. It is simply because they are human beings.

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