Ockham’s Razor

to William of Ockham and his principle, his lex parsimoniae, that the simplest explanation is usually the best one, at hvis man har to mulige teorier eller forklaringer, og begge stiller likt, da er det mest sannsynlig at den enkleste stemmer, that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily, or in his words, “entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem” or “pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate”


2 responses to “Ockham’s Razor

  • cyberen

    Ockham’s razor is an excellent argument to use against creationists. If they consider the universe to be created by a god, use the razor and cut away all extra explanations that really don’t explain anything. In this case, if god can “just be” then why not the universe? We know the universe is here.

    It also helps if you’re arguing with someone who is a global warming denier. Which is the simpler explanation: that there’s an international sinister society of scientists lying to the public or that anthropogenic global warming is a fact?

  • iapetus

    yes, it’s difficult to believe that being resourceful on this planet would be a “bad” thing

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