Testing Carlo Cipolla's Laws of Human Stupidity with Agent-Based Modeling

Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi 1 Célia Da Costa Pereira 2
1 WIMMICS - Web-Instrumented Man-Machine Interactions, Communities and Semantics
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , Laboratoire I3S - SPARKS - Scalable and Pervasive softwARe and Knowledge Systems
2 Laboratoire d'Informatique, Signaux, et Systèmes de Sophia-Antipolis (I3S) / Projet MinD
Laboratoire I3S - SPARKS - Scalable and Pervasive softwARe and Knowledge Systems
Abstract : We set up an agent-based simulation to test Carlo M. Cipolla's theory of human stupidity. In particular, we investigate under which hypotheses his theory is compatible with a well-corroborated theory like natural evolution, which we build into the model. We discover that there exist parameter settings which determine the emergence of stylized facts in line with Cipolla's theory. The assumptions corresponding to those parameter settings are intuitive and justified by common sense.
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Andrea G. B. Tettamanzi, Célia Da Costa Pereira. Testing Carlo Cipolla's Laws of Human Stupidity with Agent-Based Modeling. IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology, IAT 2014, Aug 2014, Warsaw, Poland. pp.246 - 253, ⟨10.1109/WI-IAT.2014.174⟩. ⟨hal-01085988⟩

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