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    THE CHART OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

    Messaggio Da Asti Ovest il Gio Lug 17, 2014 12:02 pm

    Extract from pages 217-218 of "Lonely minds in the universe" by Giancarlo Genta department of mechanics - Politecnico di Torino

    http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-0-387-69039-1


    EVERY intelligent being interacts with other intelligent beings
    through his actions; these interactions are bound to cause
    advantages or damage (in terms of material or nonmaterial gains
    and losses) both for the agent and for its counterparts. An interesting
    method for evaluating human behavior, based on the gains and losses
    caused by these interactions, was proposed by Carlo Cipolla in his essay on
    the basic laws of human stupidity.[1] The aim of the present interlude is to
    verify whether conclusions of the same type might be applied not only to
    humans of our planet but to all intelligent beings. The basic instrument is a

    1 Carlo M. Cipolla, "Le Leggi Fondamentali della Stupidita Umana," in Allegro Ma non
    Troppo, II Mulino, Bologna, 1988.


    plot of the type shown in Figure. On the horizontal axis are gains (losses
    are on the negative part of the axis) the actor causes to himself, while on
    the vertical axis the gains and losses he causes to the individual with whom
    he interacts. If the interactions are many, as happens when we want to
    study the behavior of a given actor with respect to many others, the
    average value of the gains and losses in the various interactions must be
    reported.
    If the representative point corresponding to the gains and losses caused
    by the actions of a given person lies in the first quadrant (the interaction
    gives advantage to both the actor and the others) that person is defined as
    intelligent. If it lies in the second quadrant, that is, the action gives
    advantages to the actor but advantages to the others, the actor is an unwary
    person. If it lies in the fourth quadrant, that is, the actor obtains advantages
    that cause disadvantages to others, we face what Cipolla calls a bandit. The
    simplest case is that of the thief, whose action lies on the bisector of the
    fourth quadrant (line OD, the gain he gets is equal to the loss of others)
    only if the theft does not cause collateral damages.
    Finally, those whose actions lie in the third quadrant, acting in such a
    way to be a nuisance to themselves and others, are stupid.
    Intelligent, unwary, bandit, and stupid are then the four possible types of
    behavior of human beings toward their fellow humans.




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    I do not co-operate with the world stupidity. I co-operate with my heart’s purest sincerity.

    -Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)



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