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10 Obscure Laws That Explain Life
These 10 laws are obscure and yet have some credibility. I summarized this from an article I read in the "Old Farmer's Almanac."
- Mar. 2017
- Campbell's Law - The more weight given to one element in a complex problem of social policy, the more likely that element will be corrupted.
- Dunbar's Number - The size of the human brain limits the number of stable relationships that one human being can maintain to about 150.
- Dunning-Kruger Effect - "If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent." Kind of like the Peter Princliple. The Peter Principle is an observation that the tendency in most organizational hierarchies, such as that of a corporation, is for every employee to rise in the hierarchy through promotion until they reach the levels of their respective incompetence.
- Ben Franklin Effect - "He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he who, you yourself have obliged."
- Humphrey's Law - paying too close attention to a normally automatic or unconscious activity hampers your ability to do it well.
- Marchetti's Constant - The average time that the average human being takes to travel to and from work each day is 1 hour, regardless of the form of transportation.
- Pareto Principle - 80% of the effect comes from 20% of the causes.
- Sayre's Law - "Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics because the stakes are so low."
- Stigler's Law of Eponomy - No discovery is ever named after its discoverer.
- Zeigarnik Effect - We are more likely to remember incomplete or interrupted tasks than those we have finished.