Books: Braining Stupidity

A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF HUMAN STUPIDITY—Walter B. Pitkin—Simon & Schuster—($3.50).

If brains had legs, most brains would be all legs, or so Walter Boughton Pitkin, breezy professor in Columbia University's School of Journalism, seems to imply. For its gangling lack of intelligence the Professor takes the world to task. Its follies, like its females, show an infinite variety, but there seem to be only nine major categories of human stupidity. "These intermarry and blend in all sorts of combinations. . . . Some rise to glory, while others are hunted...

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