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Posted by Andrew Cooper on November 15, 2008

A brief postcript to my last witter.  Three more laws that Obama will need to bear in mind while he’s changing things: the Law Of Unintended Consequences, Hoftstadter’s Law and my own Law of Infinite Complexity.  Taken together, they mean that whatever he tries to do won’t turn out as planned (it’s a systems thing), it’ll take longer than he thinks (even if he already thinks it will take longer than he thinks) and the more people he recruits to advise him the more complex the solutions will become.


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