abelson's laws as found in "statistics as principled argument" by robert p. abelson
1. chance is lumpy 2. overconfidence abhors uncertainty 3. never flout a convention just once 4. don't talk greek if you don't know the english translation. 5. if you have nothing to say, don't say anything. 6. there is no free hunch. 7. you can't see the dust if you don't move the couch. 8. criticism is the mother of methodology.