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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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Occam’s razor vs. rejecting all explanations

Let’s say two geologists study a singular natural process, an eruption of a certain special volcano, and do a series of measurements for one hour, one every minute. The data points look like this: ...
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Counterexamples to Occam's Razor and tautology

I read here and here that, strictly speaking, there are no counterexamples to Occam's rozar, because the latter implies no need for pluralism when unecessary, which is to be understood as "for the ...
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Are many razors subsets of Occam's

Looking at the list of razors, it seems quite a few are defining which truth is simple and should be assumed rather than a different option. Be it conversational implication over semantic context, or ...
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Can Occam's razor be applied to the razor?

Occam's razor can be applied if the are various theories that give rise to the same process, observation, situation, phenomenon, etc. But according to which standards shaves the razor undesired ...
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Occam's razor on unobserved arbitrary information

By Occam's razor, a simpler theory that could explain all the phenomena is more likely correct. But there are factors in the universe that are just random. (Even if not, we could think about a ...
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Razor to favor simpler methodology

problem : Two methodologies can be used to solve the same problem. One methodology is simple while the second is complex. question : Is there a razor to support methodology one? Or is there a ...
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Can Occam's razor be applied in favor or presentism (vs eternalism)? Is presentism simpler?

If I understand correctly, both presentism and eternalism accept that spacetime can be described by the same coordinate system and following the same rules of physics. Moreover, both of them affirm ...