Ferguson’s Law of Information Succession

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 19 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been watching the TV show 24 on DVD with Eric and Dan. In watching it, people react very differently to a specific situation because of the information that they have. To the viewer, it appears as if they are acting irrationally because we have all, or almost all of the information. I’ve also noticed this phenomenon in real life. Yes, I know it’s astonishing, but I do actually get out of the house. Anyways, this led me to thinking about how this could be made in to a law. Sort of like Newton’s laws. So, here is:

Ferguson’s Law of Information Succession

The order in which information is received by a person will dictate the action a particular person will take. Information that is received by two or more parties in different orders, or with different amounts of detail (including not receiving any information at all), can be acted upon in more than one way. Each action can be completely logical, even if the actions taken by each party vary radically.