The Occam's Razor principle is that the simpler answer will be the correct one. Let's see:
"A huge explosion, and a chemical mishmash in the resulting conditions started a coincidental chain of events that led to billions of coexisting species and their resulting complexities after about 4 billion years. The most highly evolved of these species enjoys watching 'The Simpsons'."
God spoke, and it was. "Why do they still watch 'The Simpsons'?" - God.
ham "No, no, that was Occam's toothbrush" bubba
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quote:Originally posted by BCE: IOW, if you have two theories which both explain something correctly, the simpler one is better.
Or another paraphrase - that a theory should not propose the existence of anything more than is necessary for its explanation.
Odd that the creator of this animation can think so much more clearly, and apply the principal better, than William of Occam himself, who spent most of his life as a Franciscan monk, though...
This is actually one (of many) of the reasons that I don't believe in God - although I wouldn't evoke Occam's razor to explain it; it seems unnecessarily heavy-handed in this context - but it's still a little glib to dress it up in a smug little animation like that, as if the idea's not self-evident, and is completely conclusive in itself.
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