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How would Occam have shaved with this?

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And next up in the Philosophical Olympiad, Jumping to Conclusions!

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Very nice.... but why isn't there a three bladed variety with a lubricating strip??? [Razz]

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All I have to say is, I like it. [Laughing out loud]

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Excuse me, but just where is the urban legend component of this?
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Originally posted by The Batwinged Sparverius:
Excuse me, but just where is the urban legend component of this?

That God created the universe?
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quote:
Originally posted by The Batwinged Sparverius:
Excuse me, but just where is the urban legend component of this?

Occam's Razor is applicable to all Urban Legends in trying to get to the bottom of them.

[url= http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_Razor]Occam's Razor defined[/url]

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quote:
Originally posted by ZenKnight, Desert Dragon:
quote:
Originally posted by The Batwinged Sparverius:
Excuse me, but just where is the urban legend component of this?

That God created the universe?
Or is it perhaps the other big whopper out there, that non-believers are better because they're less intolerant?
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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'."

Or:

God spoke, and it was. "Why do they still watch 'The Simpsons'?" - God.

Much simpler.

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Occam's Razor doesn't mean that the simplest answer is correct, it more accurately is "entities should not be multiplied unneccesarily."

IOW, if you have two theories which both explain something correctly, the simpler one is better.

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Richard W
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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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