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Walden Law

What is reinforced, is repeated.

Will Roger’s Rule

It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you.  It’s what you think you know that ain’t so.

Goldfinger’s Law

Once is accident; twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action.

Muggeridge’s Law

There is no way that a writer of fiction can compete with real life for its pure absurdity. — Ed Driscoll

Krauthammer’s Razor

Another form of Heinlein’s Razor: In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit. — Charles Krauthammer

Second Rule of Economics

Everything you do has unexpected consequences. So does not doing anything.

The Percival Lowell Law

The human mind is so good at seeing patterns that if there are no patterns, it will make them up.

Black Swans

If enough things happen, then even very very improbable things will eventually happen.

McArdle’s Stein’s Law

If something can’t go on forever, then it won’t. — Megan McArdle Actually picked this up from Glenn Reynolds, Megan is the earliest version I can find easily. As always, corrections are gratefully accepted as long as they’re right. Update: Aha! It’s Stein’s Law: If something cannot go on forever, it will stop. Thanks to […]

von Moltke’s Law

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy”