Laws & Effects

Pareto principle For many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes Link

Sayre's law states, in a formulation quoted by Charles Philip Issawi: „In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.“ By way of corollary, it adds: „That is why academic politics are so bitter.“ Sayre's law is named after Wallace Stanley Sayre (1905–1972), U.S. political scientist and professor at Columbia University.

Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low.

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design:

Dunning-Kruger Effekt:

Gell-Mann amnesia effect:

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.


An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.  ~Niels Bohr

If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems.  And that's a big mistake.  ~F. Wikzek

“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” Jim Horning
Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from making mistakes.

The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.[Bertrand Russell, 1933] (

'Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.'



An elephant is a mouse build to government specifications.

It's easier to corral the sheep than face the wolves. Even if some of the sheep don't want to cooperate. That's why you castrate them. Maybe it's not so baaaad.

„[Building] an IPv6 network is like [building] a cathedral, first you build it and then you pray a lot“ ;

The Chinese have forgotten more about money than the rest of the world ever knew.

Anecdotal evidence is an oxymoron

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert E.

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I've found it!), but 'That's funny…' -Isaac Asimov.

Email-Verschlüsselung ist wie Sex zwischen Teenagern:

  • Alle behaupten, dass sie es tun.
  • Die wenigsten tun es.
  • Und, bei denen die es tun läuft es schlecht.

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy.

He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: „What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.“

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, „What is the tortoise standing on?“

„You're very clever, young man, very clever,“ said the old lady. „But it's turtles all the way down!“ —Hawking, 1988[1]

  • Alles, was es schon gibt, wenn du auf die Welt kommst, ist normal und üblich und gehört zum selbstverständlichen Funktionieren der Welt dazu.
  • Alles, was zwischen deinem 15. und 35. Lebensjahr erfunden wird, ist neu, aufregend und revolutionär und kann dir vielleicht zu einer beruflichen Laufbahn verhelfen.
  • Alles, was nach deinem 35. Lebensjahr erfunden wird, richtet sich gegen die natürliche Ordnung der Dinge.

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