Philosophy:Miller's law

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Miller's law can refer to three different principles.

In communication

Miller's law, part of his theory of communication, was formulated by George A. Miller (1920–2012), Professor of Psychology at Princeton University.

It instructs us to suspend judgment about what someone is saying so that we can first understand them without imbuing their message with our own personal interpretations. The law states:

To understand what another person is saying, you must assume that it is true and try to imagine what it could be true of.

In psychology

The observation, also by George A. Miller, published in 1956 in Psychological Review, that the number of objects an average person can hold in working memory is about seven,[1] also known as The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.[2][3][4]

In software development

Miller's Law was formulated by Mike Beltzner and is named in respect of Dave Miller, long-standing owner of the Bugzilla product:

All discussions of incremental updates to Bugzilla will eventually trend towards proposals for large scale redesigns or feature additions or replacements for Bugzilla.

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