What Ockham really said | Boing Boing

“Nothing ought to be posited without a reason given, unless it is self-evident or known by experience or proved by the authority of Sacred Scripture.”

An interesting post with a good point: “But we should also remember that nature is not parsimonious at all.”

However, I’m not sure if anyone cares what Ockham really said. Ockham’s razor is generally formally understood as: “entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem (entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity)” (see: Wiki). 

He was mediaeval, and probably included god, etc, etc. But the razor remains a good tool, and it really comes down to the “beyond necessity.”

Any bricoleur knows that the razor is not the rule.

What Ockham really said | Boing Boing

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