[ExI] Occam's razor
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 21 18:28:28 UTC 2023
Which is the simpler formulation of Occam's Razor, "the simplest
explanation is preferred because it involves the fewest assumptions" or
"the simplest explanation is the best"? ;> Ben
The second one should read: the simplest explanation is the best because
it's the simplest and involves the fewest assumptions - it does NOT mean
that it is anywhere closer to the correct answer because we do not know
that. bill w
On Sat, Jan 21, 2023 at 3:08 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On 20/01/2023 22:53, bill w wrote:
> Just reading An Immense World, by Ed Jong (author of I Contain
> Multitudes). Surprisingly, he makes a common error: he wrote that Occam's
> Razor meant that the simplest explanation is the best. Totally wrong. It
> is as likely to be wrong as any other explanation.
> It means that the simplest explanation is preferred because it involves
> the fewest assumptions (entities, Occam wrote), and as we know, assumptions
> can be wrong.
> Agree? bill w
> Well, it's not so much a matter of agreeing, as a matter of are you
> correct? You are, as far as I understand it.
> Which is the simpler formulation of Occam's Razor, "the simplest
> explanation is preferred because it involves the fewest assumptions" or
> "the simplest explanation is the best"? ;>
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