rockstar.esq Posted February 6 Share Posted February 6 I had a moment today where I realized a few things I "knew" were connected in a way that I'd never considered before. I've long known of Occam's Razor; "The correct conclusion is usually the one with the fewest assumptions". Today I saw a reference to Hanlon's Razor; "Never attribute to malice, that which is adequately explained by stupidity". I'd definitely encountered Hanlon's Razor before, but today it struck me that I'd never asked myself why these things are called "Razor". Turns out a "Philosophical Razor" is a philosophical principle which allows one to eliminate or "shave off" unlikely explanations for phenomenon so as to avoid unnecessary actions. I'd simplify that to, learning to smell it, before you step in it, and track it into places it doesn't belong. I was very gratified to learn that there are quite a few well-known philosophical razors. Hitchen's Razor: "What can be asserted without evidence, can also be dismissed without evidence". Enstein's Razor (paraphrased): "As simple as possible, but no simpler" I'd love to hear your favorites! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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