Friday, June 3, 2011

Lex Parsimoniae

Lex Parsimoniae, better known as Occam's Razor, is the protocol that states that of two theories, being equal in all other respects, the most plausible is the simplest (requires the least complex explanation in order to make it work). It does not simply assert that the simplest explanation is the correct one, they both must accurately provide an answer for the question in which they attempt to answer. It merely holds that until the empirical evidence and explanations for a more complex theory are in place, it is more pragmatic to lean towards the more simple theory. This is used at the rule of thumb in the scientific community to this day, and has been used in order to develop complex theories like the Helio-centric model of the solar system and Einstein's General Reltivity. Occam's Razor, however, is a heuristic principle, not a principle of logic.

59 comments:

  1. Still, even if it is a heuristic, it is a damn good one. Helps keep things in science from getting too fanciful. :P

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  2. It seems to me that the least complex explanation should not be used as the rule of thumb. You might miss out on something pretty important.

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  3. Damn, i never stop to think what would happen if 2 theories are alike... interesting.

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  4. cant argue with this method if it works

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  5. Wait, but... I did not get it.

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  6. Nothing wrong with taking the easy way out if it works.

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  7. Yea, I learned about this in my life science class.

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  8. this is what I am talking about

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  9. I like to use it for any pseudoscientific arguments people like to make. Especially if they claim to be psychic.

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  10. There's a song named Occam's Razor by Porcupine Tree! This is where they got the name from!

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  11. I can't wait till I'm able to use this thinking in life

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  12. Theories are just theories, practice is what we're living on.

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  13. It's a good rule. It helped me end many pointless conversations about theoretical stuff.

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  14. Occam's Razor: If you can't beat'em, join'em!

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  15. interesting read, will think this over not sure i fully understand it!

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  16. I was familiar with the occam's razor, nice reminder.

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  17. a theory that says the simpler one is right? thats my kind of science

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  18. It's the easiest way to cut yourself.

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  19. Well I learned my interesting fact for the day, awesome picture too!

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  20. didn't know of its Latin name! The principle is understandable - if both theories are tangible, it's more sensible to use the one which utilizes fewer new assumptions

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  21. When I look through my Bio-Organics handbook, I don't see them applying this razor thingy as much as I'd want them too :P.

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  22. i bet there is a universum inside that eye.

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  23. What what theory? I need to read through that again.

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  24. I wish I was smart enough to understand this

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  25. It's a good rule of thumb.

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  26. Interesting post, it really opened up my eyes!

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  27. It's amazing how many people don't understand, or even misuse, Occam's Razor.

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  28. great post i knew of it but i never really heard of its name.

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  29. uhhh there's way beyond my english level of comprehension, i gotta study more >.<

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    btw, you should totally read the hagakure, This might sound cliche, but it changed my life, it does everyday!

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  30. eagerly looking forward to another post by you btw!

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  31. Sounds good to me. Interesting post. It kept me reading. That much is for sure.

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  32. this sounds as interesting as Schroedinger's cat

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  34. I don't believe this, but that is an awesome name

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  35. Nice! I didn't knew this one :O thanks a lot really, it's always useful to learn about these definitions. Take care :)

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  36. It's a good rule to follow but it's not necessarily always the case.

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  37. I didn't get it, I'll try one more time, and then I'll ask my teacher :) Sounds very interesting, I want to understand

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  38. That information was nice.

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  39. interesting; i had never heard that latin name for ockham's razor

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