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mgr Donating Member (616 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-22-05 11:34 AM
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246. Minor off center point
Edited on Mon Aug-22-05 11:35 AM by mgr
The conclusion as to the application and utility of Ockham's razor is a conclusion based upon the site's point of view. Parsimony has a significant role in hypothesis formation and testing, and applies across the board in the sciences. The razor is a standard to compare comp(delete l)eting arguments that may equally fulfill an observation, and its use is only predicated on predicting the future (e.g. the hypothesis does not need to be precisely right). We apply the concept all the time in working out evolutionary patterns using claudistics, and I would not equate systematics with general systems theory.

The other thing to pay attention to is the mention of the relationship between the concept and epistemology, which links back to the Late Medieval Catholicism, the original context of Ockham's concept. I would be a little careful attributing an aspect of Augustiniam philosophy to charletanism, the jesuits among others, may take exception.

Mike

Edited for typo.
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