February 13, 2013

About that Razor: What Ockham Really Said

Jacques Vallee, BoingBoing


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In the arsenal of eternal skeptics there are few tools more dramatically and more commonly used than Ockham’s razor. It is triumphantly applied to resolve arguments about ghosts (more parsimoniously seen as misperceptions by distraught family members or the suggestible), UFOs (evidently hoaxes and mistaken observations of natural phenomena) and telepathy (a “delusion” of wishful thinking and poorly-constructed tests).

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TAGGED: Philosophy, Skepticism, Occam's Razor

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