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Land Shark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 10:40 PM
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218. Occam's razor is for charlatans though
if the pop culture version of it (the simpler explanation is the better one) is used. That will too often lead one astray unless Einstein's pop culture quote "things can not be made simpler than they are" is kept in mind at all times.

But what occam's razor most directly refers to is General Theories of the universe and (given systems of unbelievable complexity) the theories that contain only the minimum number of necessary ASSUMPTIONS are best.

See http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/OCCAMRAZ.html

Of course, trying to model something with the minimum assumptions is exceedingly COMPLICATED, often. Especially if you're thinking about the universe.
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