Originally posted by Pianoman1
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 p ...[text shortened]... ause. As applied to Internet forums the most charitable hypothesis is not always the simplest!
"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 application of the principle often shifts the burden of proof in a discussion. The razor states that one should proceed to simpler theories until simplicity can be traded for greater explanatory power.
The simplest available theory need not be most accurate. Philosophers also point out that the exact meaning of simplest may be nuanced.
Solomonoff's inductive inference is a mathematically formalized Occam's razor: shorter computable theories have more weight when calculating the probability of the next observation, using all computable theories which perfectly describe previous observations.
In science, Occam's razor is used as a heuristic (general guiding rule or an observation) to guide scientists in the development of theoretical models rather than as an arbiter between published models. In the scientific method, Occam's razor is not considered an irrefutable principle of logic or a scientific result." (wiki)
"As I understand the principle of Occam's Razor, it states that of any competing hypotheses the simplest
should always be chosen."... Yes, initially though not necessarily "always", until "simplicity can be traded for greater explanatory power."
"As applied to Internet forums the most charitable hypothesis is not always the simplest." And (at times) not without strenuous effort, strength of character and the purity of will to will one thing: apprehending objective reality. We fully agree.