Occam’s razor

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I found the following elaboration on Occam’s razor in a Wikipedia article:

    Occam’s razor is not equivalent to the idea that “perfection is simplicity”. Albert Einstein probably had this in mind when he wrote in 1933 that “The supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience” […] It often happens that the best explanation is much more complicated than the simplest possible explanation because it requires fewer assumptions. In the light of this, the popular rephrasing of the razor – that “The simplest explanation is the best one” – can lead to a gross oversimplification when the word simple is taken at face value.

It made me think of how frequently Occcam’s razor seems to be so utterly misunderstood within linguistic work. Yeah, yeah.


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