Matthew Effect is more broad than that. It's from the Bible, about rich getting richer. It is in fact used in several contexts, also in intelligence research (smarter kids improve more from interventions).


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Feb 13, 2022Liked by Roger’s Bacon

As an extra surprise:

Conquest's last law (contra Shirky Principle): The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

Pournelle's iron law of bureaucracy (contra Putt's Law): In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals that the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Pournelle#Pournelle's_iron_law_of_bureaucracy

As supplement:

Conquest's first law: Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.


O'Sullivan's law: All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_O%27Sullivan_(columnist)#O'Sullivan's_first_law


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One more comment, since strategy and social dynamics are fun:

Lanchester's Law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanchester%27s_laws

And its application to feminism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrie_multiplier

And the critiques of it from Graeber about group size vs female ratio (this law will need to be coined) https://philosophybear.substack.com/p/movements-are-always-a-distorted

(possibly "the cycle of hobbies in a picture" could point this concept out but IDK)

l-K Equation of predator vs Prey (basis for Turchin's model) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotka%E2%80%93Volterra_equations

Compartment model of https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/09/02/book-review-ages-of-discord/

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by Roger’s Bacon

It's Betteridge's Law of Headlines, btw. I know this because I am sitting on the sofa next to said Betteridge.

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