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13: Occam's Rebuttal
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I know this isn't going to make me popular, but I think Occam's Razor is bullshit.

It just is.  I can't give you a simpler rebuttal than that, so it must be true.

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proof by emphatic assertion?

fuck yeah!

ps. i'll be in nyc this weekend... interested in brunch on saturday? and something else either saturday or sunday night. to be left to the play of our ears.


(though you might look more carefully at what occam really said before rejecting it)

well, i'm rejecting the common application of his theory which is that "the simplest solution tends to be the best one". all of his qualifications about everything else being equal is just backpedalling on his part in my opinion. to me, occam's razor most often invoked as an aesthetic decision that people use to make arguments look clean and persuasive, at the cost of being right. software developers are particularly susceptible to this brand of logical fallacy.

no we're not. ha! can't get any more simple than that.

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