Saturday, April 15, 2006

Occam's razor



Occam's razor (n): a scientific and philosophic rule that requires the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex

(14th-century philosopher and theologian, William of Occam, embraced the 'keep it simple' concept. The basic premise, also known as the 'law of parsimony', has been traced to ideas proposed by Aristotle. But no-one wielded the principle as relentlessly as the scholar from Occam. He used it to counter what he considered the fuzzy logic of his theological contemporaries.)

Artist/Leonardo da Vinci

3 Comments:

Blogger Lulu said...

Something of which the world could use more.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

This is surely a lesson that people today could take more to heart - "keep it simple". Life has gotten way too complicated and overwhelming for most of us. Enjoyed this little post and drawing very much!

6:19 AM  
Blogger adagio said...

yes, i love this approach. simplicity, if and when possible.

2:14 PM  

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