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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-04 11:05 PM
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75. Hate to be a stickler,
but people should quote William of Occam correctly if they're going to diss the poor monk. He's not responsible for being misrepresented centuries after he died. It's just not that complicated.

"Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity," the straightforward translation of the William's Latin.

Generalizing just a bit, it means the simplest hypothesis that satisfies all the datais assumed to be the correct one. If you don't like it, you're free to find more data; you can also disagree as to what "all the data" means.

Sounds exactly like what DUers have been saying: exit poll history is part of the data (but not conclusive), the simple hypothesis proposed seems wrong, so look for more data.
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