34 Really Fascinating Hypothesis & Theories

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26Occam’s broom

Occam’s broom is an anti-thinking tool as opposed to Occam’s razor. It alludes to the process whereby inconvenient facts that don’t fit into one’s hypothesis are swept under the rug.

27. The rare earth hypothesis argues that the origin of life and the evolution of biological complexity on Earth required an improbable combination of events and circumstances. It rejects the Mediocrity Principle, which argues that the existence of life on Earth is nothing special.

28. According to the “lead-crime hypothesis,” researchers have found that the elimination of leaded gasoline in the US accounted for up to a 56% drop in violent crime rates between 1992 and 2002.

29. The God gene hypothesis proposes that human spirituality is heritable, and is influenced by a gene known as VMAT2, which might have provided an evolutionary advantage by providing humans with an innate sense of optimism and the will to keep on living and procreating, despite the inevitability of death.

30. Despite being studied since its discovery in 1906, scientists have yet to rule out a germ origin for Alzheimer’s disease. The infectious hypothesis could explain why neurosurgeons are twice and a half more likely to die from it than the general population.

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31Shirky principle

According to the shirky principle, institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution.

32. Alberto Brandolini, a programmer from Italy, in 2013 formulated the Bullsh*t Asymmetry Principle a.k.a. Brandolini’s law which states: “The amount of energy needed to refute bullsh*t is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it”. It highlights the difficulty of debunking bullsh*t.

33. Anthropic principle posits the idea that any data we collect about the universe is filtered by the fact that, in order for it to be observable in the first place, it must be compatible with the conscious thinking life that observes it. In short, we see, only because we are in a universe that can be seen.

34. Pareto Principle a.k.a the 80/20 rule states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, Microsoft has noted that by fixing the top 20% of the most-reported bugs, 80% of the related errors in a given system would be eliminated.


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