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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 a dictum to the 14th-century English logician and religious man William of Ockham:

"Don't make an explanation more complicated than necessary." (Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate, in the Latin of academia. [It's quoted and translated variously.])

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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