Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Correct Understanding of Ockham's Razor

Parsimony is often misunderstood. Parsimony doesn't mean that the fewer causes posited, the truer a proposition is. It actually means that "causes should not be multiplied without necessity." Oversimplifying a problem and unnecessarily complicating it are both incorrect. For example, materialism is an inadequate explanation of reality [1] and commits the reductionist fallacy.

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