Shave with Ockham’s razor.

http://37days.typepad.com/37days/2006/05/shave_with_ockh.html

“Ockham’s Razor is a logical principle attributed to the mediaeval philosopher William of Ockham, a principle stating that one should not make more assumptions than the minimum needed. It’s often called the “principle of parsimony,”usually interpreted to mean something like “the simpler the explanation, the better” or “don’t multiply hypotheses unnecessarily.” It underlies all scientific modeling and theory building, admonishing us to choose the simplest from a set of otherwise equivalent models of possible solutions. In any given model, Ockham’s razor helps us to “shave off” those concepts, variables or constructs that are not really needed to explain the phenomenon.”

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