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Fig 5.5 – Ockham Razor

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Ockham thought that scholars were too concerned with complexity, categories, theories, and classifications. He believed in simplicity and the avoidance of utilizing too many concepts and theories. True knowledge results from the simplest arguments. This principle became known in science as the Ockham Razor. When there are competing hypotheses, a scientist should select the one with the fewest assumptions, “cut to the chase,” get to the point, and leave out unnecessary details.

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