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Occam's Razor

"Occam's Razor" is a principle advocating simplicity of explanation. It originates in theology, but is neatly applicable to modern scientific theory.

History attributes the dictum to William of Ockham, a 14th-century English logician and religious man: "Don't complicate explanations unless you have to."

An infinite number of hypotheses might explain a given phenomenon. That does not make all of them equally likely to be correct.

Occam's Razor suggests that the explanation most likely to be correct is the one that appears to incorporate all relevant information in the simplest way possible.

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