Ockham's razor


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Ockham's razor

[′äk·əmz ′rā·zər]
(science and technology)
The doctrine that unnecessary assumptions should be avoided in formulating hypotheses.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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First, it satisfies Ockham's razor. My definition does not posit the existence of the gratuitous properties, extrinsic dispositions.
A keen awareness of Ockham's razor will help guide us on our quest to understand the nature of living systems and their behavior under various environmental conditions.
It is for those unintimidated by Ockham's razor, interested in the outcome of Pascal's wager and ready for a dialogue with David Hume.
He then invokes Ockham's Razor to eliminate X rays from the correlation.
Barnett, by contrast, does not use elegance, parsimony, or Ockham's razor to choose among competing accounts of a given phenomenon.
Applying the principle of Ockham's Razor - "Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity" (Reese, 1980, p.
Ockham's razor is the principle of economy in theorizing; it calls for the least number of assumptions in the construction of an explanation.
No supply, no users--that's the Ockham's Razor of why there is no crack problem in Australia or, for that matter, in the slums of Calcutta.
Perhaps I am using Ockham's razor unsafely, but I think one can explain the development of the organism on the basis of the composition of the organism, that is, on the basis of the genetic information it possesses.
Ockham's razor should apply to the notion that there were two distinct sacred meals in the earliest churches, each having a cup of wine and broken bread as their ritual constituents, each giving thanks for the salvation in Jesus Christ which those elements represent, and each making supplication for the fulfilment of the church in God's kingdom; one of these was supposedly that whose origins are described by Paul in 1 Cor.
Do Not Revise Ockham's Razor Without Necessity, SAM BARON and JONATHAN TALLANT
Obviously the latest show by Ockham's Razor does not involve any danger for audience members, but it looks pretty perilous as performers hang by their fingertips from scaffolding.