Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, has said: “I know that we should never underestimate human stupidity. It’s one of the most powerful forces in history.” As a child, Stefan Engeseth often got into trouble with his teachers, because he did not believe them. Could it really be true that we, Homo Sapiens, achieved all that stupidity taught to us in history class? We’re destroying the planet, there’s new cold and hot wars, and economic systems are becoming unstable… yet, at the same time, we’re intelligent and receiving the Nobel Prize. It did not make sense to him as a child, and it still does not today.

This short book attempts to explain why, when many of us are born as geniuses, human stupidity seems to dominate our lives, from current wars to the environment, politics to economics, terrorism to sport. In answering the question, “Are we intelligent or stupid?”, Stefan Engeseth seeks lessons from our past failures, and from the animal kingdom, to find ways to turn the power of stupidity into a more positive force for society.