Friday, March 28, 2014

Quote of the day 28th March 2014 - Hanlon's razor vs. Henlein's razor

Hanlon's razor, attributed in this form to Robert J Hanlon but similar to sayings attributed to many others including Napoleon, Jane West, Goethe, and Robert Henlein, is

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"

A slightly more nuanced version from Robert Henlein, sometimes known as Henlein's razor, is

 "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice"

Another similar comment, which is a comibation of the above and Clarke's law about technology and magic, is known as Gray's law:

"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishalble from malice."

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