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10 Obscure Laws That Explain Life

Updated on March 4, 2017


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

Some Laws...

  • 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.


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    • carolyn0210 profile image

      Carolyn 11 months ago from UK

      Life is a mystery sometimes.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent, thanks