Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Triple Track Razor...

Image from: Cubic Awareness Online
Richard Janczarski, webmaster

Invalidity
"Religious beliefs are irrational and invalid. They cannot be considered to be true. Their supernatural elements are superfluous, lacking real basis: therefore, Occam's Razor rejects them."
(Occam's Razor is a rational principle. For more rationality, see The Rational Belief.)"


...''Because you'll believe anything.''
ONCE upon a time, razors with multiple blades were a joke. The first broadcast of "Saturday Night Live" included a mock commercial for the "Triple Track," a three-bladed razor, featuring the slogan: "Because you'll believe anything."

--Nick Berns, Skin Deep; Shaving With Five Blades When Maybe Two Will Do
Chris at Developing Intelligence has an interesting post on Why The Simplest Theory Is [Almost] Never The Right One, in which he suggests that Occam's Razor isn't a very useful principle in the life sciences, developmental psychology, or cognitive neuroscience. A heated and lively discussion ensues in the comments.
Sweet and divine
Razor of mine
Sweet and divine
Razorblade shine

--Foo Fighters, Razor
What is Occam's Razor?
Occam's razor (sometimes spelled Ockham's razor) is a principle attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. The principle states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating, or "shaving off," those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory.
[As an aside, I always thought that parsimony was overrated...]

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2 Comments:

At May 22, 2007 3:04 AM, Anonymous Time Cube at CubicAO said...

Hi Neurocritic! I noticed you referenced the Cubic Awareness Online website. We all need to recognise that Time Cube is the absolute truth of the universe, and the only thing that can redeem humanity from self-destruction and annihilation.

There are 4 simultaneous days in but 1 rotation of Earth, and Time is Cubic, not linear as the awful pedant brainwasher-educators teach. Seek Time Cube! Cheers.

 
At May 22, 2007 11:15 PM, Blogger The Neurocritic said...

Fantastic! We must redeem humanity from self-destruction and annihilation.

 

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