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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Revival of Hofstadter's Law

In his NYT blog yesterday (April 21), Paul Krugman refers to something Brad deLong wrote sometime recently:
"To reuse an old line from Brad DeLong, at this point right-wing paranoia is worse than you can possibly imagine, even if you take into account the fact that it’s worse than you can possibly imagine."

 It's entirely possible that neither Krugman nor deLong are aware of it, but this is clearly derivative of Hofstadter's Law, which first saw print (I think) in Douglas Hofstadter's magnificent book, Gödel, Escher and Bach:  An Eternal Golden Braid (1979):

"Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law."

I suppose this episode will result in a lemma to Hofstadter's Law...


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