What’s Your Law?

John Brockman has asked his Edgy band of scientists, futurists, writers, and philosophers about some bit of wisdom, some rule of nature, some law-like pattern, either grand or small, that you’ve noticed in the universe that might as well be named after you, like those of Newton, Moore, or Murphy — via kottke.org

Diffrient‘s Law: The laws of nature are more like habits.

Sheldrake‘s Principle: The improvements derived from technological advances have an equal and opposite effect on culture and the environment magnified by time and scale.

Anderson‘s Second Law: A scientist who can speak without jargon is either an idiot or a genius.

Raymond‘s Law of Software: Given a sufficiently large number of eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.

Godwin‘s Law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

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