Occam's Razor

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Synonyms for Occam's Razor

the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly

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In his own research in geological modelling, Lake adopts Occam's razor, a philosophical principle that states that the simpler explanation for something is usually better than the complicated one.
Using the Occam's Razor approach, the simplest answer is all around you: the folks who work with you in your practice.
This is the vexed question known in the philosophy of mind as "supervenience") Is this sort of dependency a problem too or, as with the Occam's razor discussion, am I indulging in sophistry again?
Well versed in the literature on Bollywood (which she effortless weaves into her account), Nayar applies a kind of cinema scholar's Occam's Razor to this genre.
Many are familiar with the Occam's Razor theory which implies, in a nutshell, that the simplest answer is most often the correct answer.
Whip Occam's razor out of your washbag and start slicing.
And the basis for this conclusion - William of Occam's razor.
The Gale/Montanaro thesis is interesting, but fails the Occam's razor test.
Conan Doyle, who famously said, "when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth," and the other Occam's Razor, of the true origins of which I was previously unaware - leave it to Mr.
The Franciscan Friar William of Occam said it best about 700 years ago in the form of the principle of parsimony, which we now know as Occam's Razor.
The second possibility, which I think is much more likely, is that we don't really have Occam's razor [see note 1].
Occam's razor would suggest this is quite possible, and it seems more consistent with recent American eating and sleeping habits.
In particular, Occam's razor, the principle named after William of Occam, a 14th-century philosopher, does not apply in this setting.
Causal redundancy, anti-colocation, and parsimony arguments, for example, rest upon the mistaken notion that metaphysical principles, such as causality, no coincidence, and Occam's razor apply generally when, in fact, they are irrelevant to cases involving analytic entailments.