|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org Forums Q&A about words Hofstadter's law Register Forums Calendar Active Threads Search Forum Help
#6611 - 09/17/00 12:59 PM Hofstadter's law Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 2 averyl
Joined: Sep 2000
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 01:28 PM Re: Hofstadter's law Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 10,538 tsuwm
Joined: Apr 2000
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 02:18 PM Re: Hofstadter's law Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613 Jackie
Joined: Mar 2000
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!
Moderated by Jackie
Forum Statistics Forums16Topics13,880Posts224,654Members9,045 Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members DavidOrigami, RichEngle, Stosh2010, CarolWilliamson, Farscape07
9045 Registered Users
Who's Online Now 0 registered members (), 87 guests, and 3 spiders. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days) A C Bowden 27LukeJavan8 11
Top Posters(All Time) wwh 13,858Faldage 13,803Jackie 11,613tsuwm 10,538LukeJavan8 9,120wofahulicodoc 7,879Buffalo Shrdlu 7,210AnnaStrophic 6,511Wordwind 6,296of troy 5,400
Forum Rules · Mark All Read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top