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Murphy's laws of technological progress

Murphy's laws of technological progress

Aldous Huckley on progress

Technological advances have simply provided us with more effective means of moving backward. Engler's rule for innovations

Any innovation requires the ability not so much to be based on the knowledge that exists in this area, but to bypass it.

Rule of conceptual persistence

If you think a lot about something big enough, you never have to do it.

Linton's law

The growth is directly proportional to the promises made. Profits are inversely proportional to promises kept.

Curtin's Law of Survival

The winner is not the one who is right, but the one who is the lion. (This is an amazing "double" pun: in English the word "left" means both "left" and "remaining"; in Russian this "remaining" turns out to be a lion.)

Jeri's Law

From the fact that everything has changed, it does not at all follow that anything has changed.

Ziggy's Law

Do a little more every day than others expect, and very soon each of them will expect more from you.

Elliot's axiom

All children are future ex-idealists.

Cooper's law

No one would even try to do anything if they first had to refute all possible objections.

Briznicker principle of interest

Almost everything is more popular now than it used to be.

Feed Law

The vitality and prosperity of ideas is inversely proportional to their rationality and validity.

Lemma Whitehead

The progress of civilization is expressed in an increase in the number of important actions that we are able to perform without thinking about them at all.

Bernard Shaw's observations

A rational person adapts to the world around him, while an unreasonable person persists in his attempts to adapt the world around him to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on unreasonable people.

Pearson's law

If you are moving by inertia, then you are rolling down.

Kelly's Observations

When you live in the past, you have one advantage - it is cheaper.

Kappa law

If you want to go back to your youth, it is best to start by repeating your own stupidity.

Anderson's axiom

You can be young only once, but immature - forever.

Erts's observations.

Millions of people crave immortality but don't know what to do on a rainy Sunday.

Grimes law

Nostalgia is the realization that life was not as unbearable as it seemed at the time.

Maxim Cuban How weak and insignificant are the efforts of Man in comparison with the intractable elements of nature - but only until the course of this struggle begins to be explained in detail to the grandchildren.

Observations of Duezabu (also credited to Mark Twain)

If you refrain from drinking, smoking, partying and running around for skirts, then you do not have to ensure yourself a long life - but it will seem long to you.

Russell's rule

Don't worry about how to avoid temptations - as they get older, they will start to avoid you.

Bernard Shaw's principle

Virtue is simply a lack of temptation.

Peterson's principle

Traditions are solutions for which we have forgotten the corresponding problems.

Linus's Law

There is no greater burden than your own great potential.


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