Is there a scientific basis of Murphy's Law?

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Offline Damo the Optics Monkey

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Is there a scientific basis of Murphy's Law?
« on: 06/03/2009 09:01:31 »
Murphy's Law - what could go wrong, will go wrong at the worst possible moment...

And there is O'Shannesy's Law - Murphy was an optimist

Is there a scientificbasis for it, or is it all probability?
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Is there a scientific basis of Murphy's Law?
« Reply #1 on: 06/03/2009 09:46:09 »
Don't forget Coles law!

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« Reply #2 on: 06/03/2009 10:25:51 »
Cold war too?

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« Reply #3 on: 06/03/2009 19:10:30 »
It's confirmation bias.  You notice things when they go wrong, and not so much when they go well.

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Is there a scientific basis of Murphy's Law?
« Reply #4 on: 06/03/2009 19:48:29 »
In general, there are many ways in which something can go wrong, but only one way in which it can go right.
...And its claws are as big as cups, and for some reason it's got a tremendous fear of stamps! And Mrs Doyle was telling me it's got magnets on its tail, so if you're made out of metal it can attach itself to you! And instead of a mouth it's got four arses!