Laws You May Be Unfamiliar With

There is no doubt that as we make our way through this world, there are countless things that will remain unknown. Yet, though we may be unaware, that does not mean certain laws do not affect us. For example, you may not understand what the Law of Gravity entails, but you are still beholden to gravity. You may not be aware of the Laws of Motion, yet you still must play by it’s rule set.

The extent to which we understand certain laws may be primitive or not entirely correct at the moment for certain issues. After all, there are many commonly accepted things that are still working theories in reality. But that is what scientific observation is for, and when that is coupled with time, we begin to develop a deeper and broader understanding of the world we live in.

So for the purpose of expanding your understanding of the world, what is provided here are a few Laws that we live by which are both interesting and worth knowing. Some of them are commonly known, others less than, but all shape the way man has lived in some form or another. So without further ado, a few laws that you may, or may not be familiar with.

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Murphy’s Law

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Murphy’s law has long been known as “Sod’s Law”, and it’s unknown as to why the name had changed, though it seems to have been in use around the 1940’s. In essence, the law is exactly as the adage states, that over the course of time, anything that can possibly go wrong with anything will, and there is little that can be done to protect oneself against it from occurring.

It is believed however that the phrase was coined in adverse reaction to something Murphy himself said when his devices failed to perform and was eventually cast into its present form prior to a press conference some months later. It’s an odd thing how the most famous phrase ever uttered by a scientist such as Murphy could be lessened to simply… shit happens. Makes me think of the film Forest Gump.

Moore’s Law

The number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles every two years.

This uncanny and accurate prediction was named after Gordon E. Moore who had described this trend he noticed in a 1965 paper that he had written. His paper discussed how the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year from the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958 until his paper was written in 1965. It also predicted that the trend would last, from that point, for at least another ten years.

His foresight was not only correct for the period, but for long after as well. Moore’s Law is now used in the semiconductor industry to guide long-term planning and to set targets for research and development. This trend has remained in place for more than half a century. It is believed that it will continue to last until 2015 or 2020.

Law Of Attraction

Like attracts like.

The law states that if by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about, or conjure, positive or negative results. Now it should be noted that there is no scientific basis for this law. However, there are certain cases where positive or negative attitudes can produce corresponding results, such is the case with the placebo and nocebo effects.

Thomas Troward, who was a strong influence in the New Thought Movement put it best when he stated that, “Thought precedes physical form and that the action of the mind plant nucleus which, if allowed to grow undisturbed, will eventually attract to itself all the conditions necessary for it manifestation in outward visible form.”

Three Laws of Thought

Laws that guide and underlie everyone’s thinking, expressions, and discussions. 

The Laws of thought are maxims and rules that is the basis for rational discourse. These set of rules are ever growing, and have a long tradition in the history of philosophy and logic. Though there are more than three laws total, the three main and basic basic ones created the foundation for scholastic logic. Aristotle was the first to introduce these and they are as follows:

Law Of Identity: An object is the same as itself. 1=1 .

Law Of Non-Contradiction: You cannot say something both is and is not.

Law Of Excluded Middle: Ambiguity can arise from ambiguous names.

Law Of Occam’s Razor

The simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable.

The law is used in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. An explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known.

In essence it is the law of parsimony, economy, or succinctness. It simply states that among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected.

Law Of Averages

Reflects bad statistics or wishful thinking rather than any mathematical principal.

The Law of Averages assumes that unnatural short-term balance must occur. When applying this law, there must be no bias in underlying probability distribution, which is often at odds with empirical evidence. An example would be a belief that a rare occurrence will happen given enough time for it to occur.

The Laws Of War

Body of law that explains the acceptable justifications to engage and conduct war.

An aspect of public international law, and is different from other bodies of law in the sense that it provides legal limits to the justification and conduct of war. These laws cover many topics such as declarations of war, surrenders, treatment of prisoners, prohibition of certain weapons, and other such things.

The three central purposes for the laws that are in place:

– Wars should be limited to achieving the political goals that started the war, and no unnecessary harm           or destruction should occur.

– Wars should be brought to an end as quickly as possible.

– People and property that do not contribute to the war effort should be protected against unneeded difficulties, hardship, and danger.

The author of this article is Damien S. Wilhelmi. If you enjoyed this piece, you can follow me on twitter @FacePalmLaw. If you live in Colorado, and know of someone who has suffered elderly abuse, you should contact a Denver nursing home abuse attorney as soon as possible.

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