Chapter 2 – Episode 1 | Occam

Chapter 2 – Episode 1 | Occam

 

Occam had a razor. Yeah, he sure did. And he used it to shave a circular bald spot on the top of his head. Of course, that was fashionable for monks in the 13th century. What wasn’t so fashionable was going against established scientific dogma to propose elegant simplicity as the best arbiter of a philosophical or scientific solution. Sounds pretty high-falutin’ to me, Pardner…

Well actually, it kinda’ is. Here’s the technical version for the people who just can’t leave well enough alone. (Mere mortals can skip the definition. You won’t miss anything that isn’t already obvious…)

Definition of Occam’s Razor
– “a scientific and philosophical rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena should be sought first in terms of known quantities.”

In simple terms, “The simplest and most direct solution is generally the best.” Stick to the obvious.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spoke the same concept about the obvious through Sherlock Holmes when he said, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Different side of the same coin.

And ye olde William of Ockham tended to look at everything through that filter, as well. After all, it’s his razor. A little simplistic, but that’s the point. It’s obvious.

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