Occam’s razor »

The principle was often inaccurately summarized as “the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one.” This summary is misleading, however, since in practice the principle is actually focused on shifting the burden of proof in discussions.That is, the razor is a principle that suggests we should tend towards simpler theories (see justifications section below) until we can trade some simplicity for increased explanatory power. Contrary to the popular summary, the simplest available theory is sometimes a less accurate explanation. Philosophers also add that the exact meaning of “simplest” can be nuanced in the first place.“

William of Ockham
William of Ockham

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