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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

Any observation that is not easily dismissable as a trick, a con, an illusion or a delusion warrants closer investigation, not immediately a change to scientific paradigm. Mystical reports have been ...
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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

Relativity is more complex than Newtonian physics - research the experimental motivations for inventing the theory of relativity for a perfect example. From what I understand, Maxwell's equations were ...
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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

You should try to answer your own question by asking the question: which theory leaves more unexplained? Every theory has something left unexplained, since one can always ask a further why. The ...
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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

I think you're right to say that phenomena have implicit in them observers. A phenomena is something that is accessible to me through my faculties with or without the assistance of external tools. All ...
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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

Any given explanation automatically becomes more complex as you make more observations, at least / especially when those observations are unexpected or can't be predicted from the explanation, because ...
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What types of observations necessitate postulating more complex theories without violating Occam's Razor?

Historically, newer theories have been required as a result of more representative, more accurate, more extensive and more reliable observations. Consider, for example, the observations that led to ...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

There is a problem with the premise 3. Take for the example of the property (not containing an elephant) that is true of some room or house or instant of time. there is an infinite number of ...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

A property of is a measurable quality of a thing. Measurable qualities can be categorical (2 to N categories) or continuous (having infinitely gradated possible values). The term 'opposite' implies a ...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

Although it is possible to take any term X and imagine its anti-term, just by prefixing "anti-" to X, this is not the same as having a distinct opposite of every term. For one, not only are &...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

Premisse 1 sounds more like a definition, not like a statement. But it doesn't make clear whether or not mathematical things, like numbers, are "things" too -- don't they have properties? ...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

In addition to David Gudeman's answer which questions the validity of premise 3, I would also question the validity of premise 1. Things in the real world (and in any reasonably interesting ...
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Is it possible to find the opposite of any given "thing"

It isn't the case that every property has an opposite, and even if everything did have an opposite, that wouldn't guarantee that every object has a corresponding object with all properties opposite. ...
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