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Questions tagged [occams-razor]

Occam's/Ockham's razor is a principle, created by William of Ockham, that can be summarized as "Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected".

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Do any philosophers disagree with Occam's razor?

I never bought into the razor. For example, if I have two hypotheses A and B with equal evidence, the razor would have me pick the simpler one. But personally in my mind, I create a sort of credence-...
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How could both Occam's Razor and complex theories like Quantum Mechanics be correct at the same time?

It is becoming harder to use just simple theories, where more complex ones are needed e.g. quantum mechanics, super string theory, ... Are such theories in conflict with Occam's Razor?
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How is Occam's Razor reconciled with consideration of less likely scenarios?

Occam's Razor (AKA "Law of Parsimony") has been established as a foundational principle of modern (or Western) philosophical and scientific thought. It states that: Among competing hypotheses, the ...
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Occams principle is seen as a corner-stone of modern science, are there any examples where its opposite is shown to be useful?

Occams razor states that given a choice between differing explanations one should always choose the simplest. Of course this begs the question as to what one could mean by simplest. I'm interested in ...
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Has anyone claimed that no decision is inherently better or more rational than any other decision?

The is-ought problem, for those who believe it is an actual problem, is the problem that you can not deduce an ought statement from any number of is statements. It seems natural for this to lead to a ...
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Can a useful, formal system of logic be constructed with no axioms or assumptions, or perhaps using only Occam's razor?

Can a useful, formal system of logic be constructed with no axioms or assumptions, or perhaps using only Occam's razor? This may seem a silly and fun question, but what is the most complex proof that ...
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Does quantum mechanics imply more than one observer, or can I get away with solipsism because of Occam's razor? [closed]

We really have nothing to say about extreme solipsism other than it's unprovable and untestable. Fine, I accept that. However, doesn't the razor imply solipsism? If I can get away with one observer (...