laws, all sort of laws

Bell’S Law new computers bring new industries

Schmidt’s Law[edit]

Dating back to early 1990s and dubbed “Schmidt’s Law” by George Gilder when Schmidt predicted that the network will become the computer.[102][103][104] Schmidt’s Law states: “When the network becomes as fast as the backplane of your computer, the computer hollows out, its components dispersing across the Web, its value migrating to search and sort functions.”[105]

Poe’s law you need smiles to tell parody from extreme view ridiculed

The Rashomon effect occurs when an event is given contradictory interpretations by the individuals involved. The effect is named after Akira Kurosawa‘s 1950 film Rashomon, in which a murder is described in four contradictory ways by four witnesses

Metcalfe Law of Network: the effect of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). Nive presentation

Kelly Bet of optimal betting size (see post here)

Thomas Theorem “If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.”

Benford Law for detecting accounting fraud also know as first-digit law

“Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes.” – Charles Goodhart  also “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”

The Gosplan Phallacy of centralized planning

Peter’s Principle of Promotion and Incompetence tested

Hanlon Razor “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

Matthew Effect – the rich get richer, the poor get poorer

Balk’s Laws 1 to 3, 1 particularly “Everything you hate about the internet is actually everything you hate about the people”

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Prosecutor Fallacy/ Argument from Rarity

In business, there are two ways to make money. You can bundle, or you can unbundle.”
– Jim Barksdale

Conway Law a product mirrors the organization that desinged it, or BEne vans said you can guess from the dashboard wether  “the steering wheel team hates the gear stick team”. Related “Don’t ship the ORG chart”’t%20ship,warning%20in%20product%20development%20circles.

Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system

Adams Substitution Effect

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Andy Grover Fallacy that it takes only applying some Moore’s Law magic to the pharma industry to make drug development faster, from a 2007 Newsweek ITW

Twyman’s Law: “If a statistic looks interesting or unusual it is probably wrong”

Simpson Paradox “a trend appears in several different groups of data but disappears or reverses when these groups are combined”

Lindy effect the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age, so that every additional period of survival implies a longer remaining life expectancy. Where the Lindy effect applies, mortality rate decreases with time. The Lindy Lindy Hop effect tells us that Lindy Hop will be danced still in 2075

The Murray Gell-Man amnesia effect can’t be explained briefly but mostly it is not following the old law doctrine “falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus”

The Parkinson Law “”work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.[1] It is sometimes applied to the growth of bureaucracy in an organization.

Mood Affiliation Phallacy  by Tyler Cowen applied to moral choices, you first check your mood and then build the moral justification for your actions on it

Chesterton’s Fence is the principle that reforms should not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood. The quotation is from Chesterton’s 1929 book The Thing, in the chapter entitled “The Drift from Domesticity”:

Schneier’s Law tells us that “anyone can design a security system that works so well that they themselves can’t think of a way of breaking it.”


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