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#6611 - 09/17/00 08:59 AM Hofstadter's law
averyl Offline

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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
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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:

Byrd's Law:

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
Jackie Offline

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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!


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