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  1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    03 Sep '13 18:46
    Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." (wiki)

    How often are we tempted to make assumptions about the members who've posted above us which are less than accurate. Little do we actually know of the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.
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    03 Sep '13 19:53
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." ...[text shortened]... the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.[/b]
    Your wise words seem to exemplify an additional principle: In the absence of a reason to do otherwise, make the most charitable assumptions about the people in your life.
  3. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    03 Sep '13 20:26
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." ...[text shortened]... the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.[/b]
    I don't go for those off brand name products. Gillette or Wilkinson Sword for this face pal.
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    03 Sep '13 21:00
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    I don't go for those off brand name products. Gillette or Wilkinson Sword for this face pal.
    Strop those blades.
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    03 Sep '13 22:031 edit
    Originally posted by Great Big Stees
    ...Strop those blades....
    Sorry what does this mean? I'm not familiar with gay slang. 😛
  6. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    04 Sep '13 01:05
    Originally posted by JS357
    Your wise words seem to exemplify an additional principle: In the absence of a reason to do otherwise, make the most charitable assumptions about the people in your life.
    Yes, we seldom go very far wrong in giving the benefit of doubt along with having the capacity and readiness to forgive.
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    04 Sep '13 02:50
    Now you are contradicting yourself GB. How can a decision process based on "the benefit of the doubt" be congruent with having the least assumptions?
  8. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    04 Sep '13 02:52
    Originally posted by divegeester
    Now you are contradicting yourself GB. How can a decision process based on "the benefit of the doubt" be congruent with having the least assumptions?
    "How can a decision process based on "the benefit of the doubt" be congruent with having the least assumptions?'

    One assumption is made: innocent of circumstances (until proven otherwise).
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    04 Sep '13 03:28
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    "How can a decision process based on "the benefit of the doubt" be congruent with having the least assumptions?'

    One assumption is made: innocent of circumstances (until proven otherwise).
    What if there are several indicatives of guilt. Wouldn't one be making several assumptions that lead to one conclusion?
  10. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    04 Sep '13 03:36
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." ...[text shortened]... the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.[/b]
    If Occam's razor is applied to human relationships, whether in cyberspace or at the corner
    saloon, it becomes necessary to disregard any personal attribute or quality that cannot be
    directly observed. Every assumption, be it charitable or not, must be ignored.

    Still think it's a good idea?
  11. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    04 Sep '13 03:38
    Originally posted by divegeester
    What if there are several indicatives of guilt. Wouldn't one be making several assumptions that lead to one conclusion?
    We begin by giving the benefit of doubt; if indications of culpability become
    apparent and accrue, a second assumption is made: we were wrong.
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    04 Sep '13 03:40
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    If Occam's razor is applied to human relationships, whether in cyberspace or at the corner
    saloon, it becomes necessary to disregard any personal attribute or quality that cannot be
    directly observed. Every assumption, be it charitable or not, must be ignored.

    Still think it's a good idea?
    Andy, I'm exhausted. Let me sleep on your premise. Thanks.
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    04 Sep '13 03:422 edits
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.[/b]
    Sorry.. re-sent accidentally.
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    04 Sep '13 04:241 edit
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    "How can a decision process based on "the benefit of the doubt" be congruent with having the least assumptions?'

    One assumption is made: innocent of circumstances (until proven otherwise).
    Look out for scams, though.
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    04 Sep '13 06:021 edit
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    [b]Occam's razor applied to internet forums

    "Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected." the family burdens and/or personal loads of life challenges they're shouldering. Be kind.[/b]
    As I understand the principle of Occam's Razor, it states that of any competing hypotheses the [I] simplest [/i] should always be chosen. It has been argued that a circle of matted grass could have been made either by a landing space ship or a wooden board. They are both assumptions, but the wooden board is the simplest hypothesis and so would, using the principle of Occam's Razor, be the assumed cause. As applied to Internet forums the most charitable hypothesis is not always the simplest!
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