Chapter 2 – Note 1 | Occam

Chapter 2 – Note 1 | Occam


Imagine if British automotive engineers had ascribed to that basic tenet. We never would have seen, let alone paid for the excruciating repair of the 1963 Jaguar XKE rear end. Nor would it have kept mechanics of “collectible” British sports cars in business for generations. Nor would we have endured the esoteric differences between Baroque and Rococo in Art History 101, after lunch, in winter, in a darkened room with a slide projector (Ed. Note: predates video projectors and death by PowerPoint) humming us into somnambulistic delirium. And who can forget the ever-popular directions from Ikea? But, I digress…

Simplicity and directness are obviously a better solution. Always have been. It takes humankind to muddy it up with extraneous details and inscrutable processes. All to validate our own self-worth. Aha! Another obvious clue. Creating or choosing a complicated solution is merely a means of false validation of self. It places the focus on the person instead of the objective. Much akin to the “ad hominem” argument, which states, “If you’re losing the argument, attack the person instead of the issue.” “Well since you won’t accept my argument, I contend you’re ugly and your Mother dresses you funny. So, there.” Just another false validation of self, and so transparent it’s obvious to all but the perpetrator of the personal attack. Point out that obvious fact sometime and see what happens. By keeping the discussion focused on the issue as opposed to the persons involved in the debate, obviosity always gains the upper hand. Check and mate.

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