Thread: Ancient Aliens
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Old July 10 2012, 02:50 PM   #140
Admiral Buzzkill
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Re: Ancient Aliens

Edit_XYZ wrote: View Post
Occam's razor is a scientifical law, not an 'internet law'.
It's neither.

It's simply a principle - not a law - used in reasoning. Don't assume a more complex explanation where a simpler one is sufficient to explain the observed evidence.

The only reason a simpler explanation is more likely to be true is that it involves fewer assumptions that are not in evidence and therefore contains fewer opportunities for error at the start.

In any given situation, however, the conclusion reached via Occam's Razor may be wrong and a more complex explanation may be right. There's no law or any "law-like proposition" involved here.
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