142. Don’t Attribute To Stupidity That Which Is Proven To Be Malice

Stupidity doesn’t explain everything. And, in our culture, it seems like too many sensible people deny evidence that points to malice in favor of the stupidity explanation.

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“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”

Hanlon’s razor

I try to look at things in a charitable light and not assign motives. That said, eventually when evidence stacks up high enough, it’s time to admit that what may appear accidental wasn’t. And, to not allow people to simply ask questions, but insist that they’re conspiracy theorists if they do, is wrong. That’s why today we’re going to take a look at real conspiracies that are known world-wide as well as weird occurrences that you aren’t allowed to attribute malice to- or even ask about.

A few examples of verified conspiracies:

  • The 9/11 Attacks
  • Lincoln assassination
  • Crucifixion of Jesus

Now, there are often events that are attributed to stupidity before even being evaluated:

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155. Book Review | How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Conversation of Our Generation

About the author, Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie’s life is a story of success – a true rags to riches tale. Though he shares the last name of the steel titan, Andrew Carnegie, they aren’t related. Dale Carnegie actually changed the spelling of his last name to match the industrialist’s spelling to gain clout. But, this book review is not about that. It’s a look at How to Win Friends & Influence People, a fantastic guide to dealing with people. Why I chose to review this book: I found this book tremendously helpful as I left college and entered the business world. It was difficult to talk to experienced professionals, and I needed a confidence boost. Before graduating college, I worked in retail and had no problem talking to customers. But, being thrust into a new world, I was out of my element and needed help. If you ask me, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to lead a successful life. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -Dale Carnegie Readability of the book: I find it easily readable. Written in a conversational tone, it’s like he’s transcribing some advice he gave a friend. The stories are intriguing, although sometimes a bit outlandish. That said, the lessons you draw from them make it feel more like a parable than a lie or hyperbole. Grab your copy of How to Win Friends & Influence People here. Sections of the book: Twelve Things This Book Will Do For You Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Six Ways to Make People Like You Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment — This episode is sponsored by ยท Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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