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Apr 10, 2019 00:00:27

Murphy's law

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**this post was made on 4/7 but I made a mistake by playing with API, mistakingly updated this post by POST request, and then lost a streak. That is why I posted the same one again**

My wife said to me today when she fed the milk in the afternoon, and I was cooking in the kitchen, it was 4:44. This happened twice yesterday and today. In addition, she said she felt like this happened a couple of time before.

I said, "that is Murphy's law."

I knew Murphy's law is one of the cognitive bias phenomena where human being tends to make a mistake because of a sort of illusion but did not know more than that. So let me try to explain it.

In my understanding, Murphy's law is that ones tend to believe something happens more likely only when something bad or unusual happens. This is because ones remember more vividly because of such a bad thing. Our brain is designed to store the memory which has more meanings, changes, surprises, not boring, not normal things to avoid storing meaningless information.

Thanks to this law, there exists a lot of humor.  One of the famous ones is 

The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.

Different variations related to our life are as follows:

  • The areas that I studied was not asked in the exam but only the area I did not study was asked. 
  • Only when I brought an umbrella, it did not rain. 
  • Only when I tried to use a printer, the printer is not working
  • At the last moment when I thought my work was completed, I found a mistake.
  • When I tried to prove it was not working, it started to work.    

Do you have your version of Murphy's law?





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    @hiro I went to a job interview and for some reason I thought "what if they ask this?" It was something pretty basic but I couldn't remember the exact details. Felt like I would just need a prompt and I'd deal with it okay. It turns out I was asked the question, and I hesitated much too long before I was given a prompt by the interviewer, and ultimately didn't get the offer. Now, I can't say for sure that was the only issue in the interview, but it's the only one that stood out to me.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 11, 2019 01:13:46
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      @gabrielgreco ah I can imagine that might happen. This is another example. Your brain is trying to avoid that moment in the future. I assume now you can answer that question.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 10, 2019 20:26:35
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      @hiro Of course, answer it, provide examples, expand on it. But...Murphy's Law.

      Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | Apr 11, 2019 14:40:08
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