|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » General Topics » Q&A about words » Hofstadter's law Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#6611 - 09/17/00 08:59 AM Hofstadter's law
On the subject of laws and paradoxes, here's another.
Hofstadter's Law: the time and effort required to complete a project are always more than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
Is this another example of Parkinson's law or Russell's paradox? Or both?
#6612 - 09/17/00 09:28 AM Re: Hofstadter's law
Loc: this too shall pass
Hofstadter has said of his Law, "Despite being its enunciator, I never seem to be able to take it fully into account.... To help me out therefore, my friend Don Byrd came up with his own law that I have taken to heart:
It always takes longer than you think it will take, even if you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
Unfortunately, Byrd seems unable to take this law into account."
this mind-bending shares with Russell's Paradox the elements of self-reference.
#6613 - 09/18/00 10:18 AM Re: Hofstadter's law
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Welcome, averyl! I love your name!
And ohmigawd, if ever something was written especially for me, Hofstadter's Law must be it. Gotta go, I'm late!
Forum Stats 8759 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members sstone, BikerVet, MSusanElizabeth, Sumac, cocozh421
8759 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 16 Guests and 4 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 114 LukeJavan8 99 endymion6 97 A C Bowden 22 Tromboniator 13 wsieber 1 Storymom 1 tsuwm 1 Jackie 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11610 tsuwm 10524 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 6705 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith