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Occam’s razor


In answer to Occam’s razor, Chatton argued: "If three things are not enough to verify an affirmative proposition about things, a fourth must be added, and so on."
  Typically interpreted by layman as:  "All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one."
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Occam’s razor Ockham’s razor
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Sometimes spelled Ockham’s razor. And sometimes called the principle of parsimony,  the law of economy, or the law of succinctness. Attributed to William of Occam (1288-1348) an English Franciscan friar. Deciding which theory is simplest, is not always easy. One hint is to minimize the number of assumptions.

For example, if developing an equation to connect 2 points in a plane, all kinds of curves could be theorized, but all else being equal, Occam’s razor suggests a straight line is usually the best theory.
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  • In answer to Occam’s razor, Chatton argued: "If three things are not enough to verify an affirmative proposition about things, a fourth must be added, and so on."
  • And it shows that something called Occam’s razor is true.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • But this is just theory and Occam’s Razor is much too dull.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Rod carried both Lady Macbeth and Colonel Bowie; Roy Kilroy carried his Occam’s Razor and a knife borrowed from Carmen Baxter.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky

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  • And Occam’s razor is not a razor that men shave with but a Law, and it says Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Occam’s razor [8] , The Golden Rule [7]
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