Ockham's Razor


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Synonyms for Ockham's Razor

the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly

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In sum, the suggestion that the disposition of the key to open the door is extrinsic goes against Ockham's razor in that it posits the existence of an unobservable property despite the absence of any explanatory gain.
What he presents in his recent article is a variation on a position he has maintained for many years, a perspective now supplemented by an accessory that gives new meaning to "cutting-edge': Ockham's razor (i.
Editor's note: Occam's or Ockham's Razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician William of Ockham: Of two competing theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred.
One can only wish that the author had made a judicious use of Ockham's razor.
One such fundamental principle underpinning all scientific investigation is Ockham's razor, also called the "law of parsimony.
It is for those unintimidated by Ockham's razor, interested in the outcome of Pascal's wager and ready for a dialogue with David Hume.
He then invokes Ockham's Razor to eliminate X rays from the correlation.
Later in the book, Barnett again argues for a parsimony of rights, arriving at what he calls "a natural rights version of Ockham's razor.
Applying the principle of Ockham's Razor - "Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity" (Reese, 1980, p.
Ockham's razor is the principle of economy in theorizing; it calls for the least number of assumptions in the construction of an explanation.
Perhaps I am using Ockham's razor unsafely, but I think one can explain the development of the organism on the basis of the composition of the organism, that is, on the basis of the genetic information it possesses.
Ockham's razor should apply to the notion that there were two distinct sacred meals in the earliest churches, each having a cup of wine and broken bread as their ritual constituents, each giving thanks for the salvation in Jesus Christ which those elements represent, and each making supplication for the fulfilment of the church in God's kingdom; one of these was supposedly that whose origins are described by Paul in 1 Cor.
In developing its Open Automation initiative, Force10 applied Ockham's razor - the 14th century meta-theoretical principle that "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" - concluding that the simplest solution is usually the correct one.
Obviously the latest show by Ockham's Razor does not involve any danger for audience members, but it looks pretty perilous as performers hang by their fingertips from scaffolding.
It is perhaps three years since I first sat spellbound by the aerial theatre company Ockham's Razor on what was then its first visit to the Lawrence Batley Theatre.