Murphy’s Law phrases
Robert P. “Bob” Murphy (born May 23, 1976) is an American economist and author of the Austrian school, libertarian iusnaturalist and theorist of anarcho-capitalism. He is a member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, the Pacific Research Institute and the Institute for Energy Research. His work has been cited by Walter Block, with whom Murphy has also published. He writes columns for LewRockwell.com, among other sites.
Robert Murphy has published austrolibertarian books and study guides, most notably his seminal work Chaos Theory, in which he sets out his proposals for a private law society. He is also the author of a number of books and study guides, among others.
This article presents Thomas Hobbes' view on the role of the judges, which is far more sophisticated than it may seem given his opinion on political philosophy matters and his disagreement with Coke. Consequently, we first set forth the controversy with Coke on the role of the judges regarding the law (I). Secondly, we present what the judge's role according to Hobbes is (II and III), his institutional position (IV), and finally, we will pose (V) that his controversy with Coke refers to the very concept of law rather than to the role of the judge.
Thus, for Thomas Hobbes, unlike Coke, judges do not create law, and must only apply it. It would seem to follow, therefore, that they are merely machines that apply rules to facts, as legal formalism claims.
A science of law, such as he claims can be deduced from his political philosophy, must have the same form as geometry, and its conclusions must be rigorously deduced from the premises. The judicial function is, then, first and foremost subsumption of a fact under norms, and that is precisely what he claims: it is a matter of adding norms and facts, in order to obtain a conclusion. Note how we find here in Hobbes clearly the idea of the legal syllogism, an idea whose origin is usually attributed to Beccaria.
Murphy’s Law meme
Last March, Judge Thomas G. Griesa ruled that the film script did not bear “substantial similarities” to Gregory Murphy’s play. The judge concluded that the film script did not infringe on the copyrights of ‘The Countess’ and, therefore, the producers had the green light to release the film. They demanded $100,000 in financial compensation from Gregory Murphy. The American playwright did not give up, arguing that the trial had been flawed because Emma Thompson had been allowed to submit a second script with relevant changes. He appealed the judgment which is pending retrial.
Actress Emma Thompson told EL MUNDO: “We can’t do anything because they took the tape out of our hands.” Writer Gregory Murphy, meanwhile, has said by email that he does not want to discuss the issue while his appeal is pending. The feuding parties met in 2007. The terms of the collaboration they entered into are also a source of disagreement between one and the other.
Murphy’s law says that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. This Murphy was the aerospace engineer Edward Aloysius Murphy and he formulated his law in 1949 after discovering that all the electrodes of a harness to measure the effects of acceleration and deceleration on pilots were incorrectly connected.
It is undeniable that both this law and those that followed, with their corollaries, principles and maxims, have their main explanation in selective memory and in our biases, such as the negativity bias, which makes us fear and remember negative cases more than positive or neutral ones, and the confirmation bias, which leads us to pay attention only to examples that ratify our beliefs.
By the way, apparently (this point is not clear), the original statement says that “if there are two or more ways of doing something and one of them can result in a catastrophe, someone will decide for this one”.
Matthews, who is a physicist and mathematician, had already published a study demonstrating this theory in 1995. His work was awarded an Ignobel, the Nobel parody whose aim is to reward research that first makes people laugh and then makes them think. Incidentally, Murphy’s first law did not win this award until 2003.