From the Cold War to the Google mobile, the history of American stupidity conforms to and confirms the behavioral model that stupidity is the learned inability to learn. Specifically, stupidity is a normal, dysfunctional learning process which occurs when a schema formed by linguistic biases and social norms acts via the neurotic paradox to establish a positive feedback system which becomes first self-sustaining and then renders behavior irrelevant to the environment by carrying detached actions to maladaptive excesses.
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