TIL Gunslinger effect, The quantum physicist Niels Bohr deducted that in a gun dual, the person who draws first loses.

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  1. The funniest part of the article is how he tested the hypothesis by asking his students to re enact duels with cap guns.

    Imagine being this guy’s student, thinking: “yay, I’m going to learn so much unique physics under the tutorage of one of the most brilliant minds known to science”- and then you’re now you’re the equivalent of an extra in a Clint Eastwood movie

    _“Sir, are you sure this experiment is for the purpose of physics, not anything to do with satisfying your weird obsession with accurate cowboy movie logic?”_

    _”Yes. Physics…”_

  2. Maybe right in his science, but sadly way off course in the conclusion: “Bohr suggested that the most logical conclusion to a gunfight would be a peaceful settlement, since neither gunslinger would want to draw first knowing that they would lose.”

    He ignored the human preference for “being right” and the “need” to dominate

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