In my wildest dreams I never expected to write these words. It is with a heavy heart that I do.
I have LOVED technology from my very earliest memories. I was fascinated by technology. Intrigued by technology. Drawn to technology. And increasingly beguiled by technology. No longer.
I thought it could do no wrong. I thought it could do no harm.
I was wrong.
Occam’s razor posits the problem-solving heuristic that “entities should not be multiplied without necessity,” or similarly, “of two [or more] competing theories, the simpler explanation of an entity is to be preferred.” That is to say, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. The polyonymous Benford’s Law (a.k.a. Newcomb-Benford Law, the Law of Anomalous Numbers, The First-Digit Phenomenon, etc.) is no exception and is, in fact, a rather exemplary instance of Occam’s razor.
There’s a scene in the TV series “The Middle” where Mike Heck gives a bumbling speech at his brother’s wedding and closes with the following:
“We’re all gonna die. And we’re all gonna have a gravestone with a dash on it, 1942–2016,1963–2038, and that dash represents your life.
And the thing I know for sure is cause of these four people right here, my family, is that dash will have meant something.”
Now this scene is actually referencing a poem call “The Dash” written by Linda Ellis highlighting just how fleeting our lives are. …
Andrea, thanks for the follow up. Truly appreciate it!
Also glad you found the paper insightful
I hope you follow the rest of my series as what I aim to do is definitively prove that all of these propositions miss the mark.
I accidentally stumbled onto Medium.
I saw an article that intrigued me on another social media platform (which is rare these days). I read it and thought to myself, “damn that was an awesome article and is exactly what I been thinking too.” I liked the article so much that a couple of days later I went back and read it again.
On the second reading I noticed something I hadn’t the first time through. At the bottom there was a small note — and I’m paraphrasing here-that said this article was originally published in Medium.
Immediately I thought, “Wait…there’s…