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The Hammurabi Code

Hammurabi, the sixth Babylonian king established the Hammurabi code. How could this code be applied to professional standards in modern engineering?

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Useful Eponymous Laws

A selection of Eponymous Laws for amusement and edification. Knowing them might save you time, energy and cost and help you avoid design gotchas.

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Ivory Tower Anti Pattern

Exploring the Ivory Tower Anti Pattern.

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The Baloney Detection Toolkit

DIRECTOR OF THE SKEPTICS SOCIETY Michael Shermer describes his 10-point Baloney Detection Toolkit.

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Unrepresentative Testing – The Papier Mâché Rhino

Unrepresentative Testing – Obvious flaws in simulation testing with a Papier Mâché Rhino at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo.

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Fooled by the Conjunction Fallacy

The Conjunction Fallacy – getting fooled by Representativeness and how to avoid its logical mousetrap.

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Adventures in the Real Time Enterprise

Redefining the Real Time Enterprise in the new world of Big Data and Real Time Analytics.

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Causation and Correlation Fallacy

Causation and Correlation – the cum hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy.

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The Swiss Army Knife

Swiss Army Knife Applications – an example of the Swiss Army Knife Anti Pattern

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Focalism and Estimation Bias

Anchoring or the Focalism Effect can lead to skewed estimates. What causes anchoring and what estimating techniques can protect you from its effects?