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Nov. 8th, 2003

12:57 pm - Occam's Razor

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From:daoistraver
Date:November 8th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
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the one at the bottom is great.
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From:madbard
Date:November 8th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
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Awesome. I wish they fit in an LJ icon shape.

(Or perhaps it's good that they don't.)
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From:mindwalker
Date:November 8th, 2003 11:03 am (UTC)
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The rest seem very funny, but I don't really get that first one(?)
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From:jdubois
Date:November 8th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)

there you go

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Occam's razor is a logical principle attributed to the mediaeval philosopher William of Occam (or Ockham). The principle states that one should not make more assumptions than the minimum needed. This principle is often called the principle of parsimony. It underlies all scientific modelling and theory building. It admonishes us to choose from a set of otherwise equivalent models of a given phenomenon the simplest one. In any given model, Occam's razor helps us to "shave off" those concepts, variables or constructs that are not really needed to explain the phenomenon. By doing that, developing the model will become much easier, and there is less chance of introducing inconsistencies, ambiguities and redundancies.


courtesy of Principia Cybernetica
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From:mindwalker
Date:November 8th, 2003 03:07 pm (UTC)

Re: there you go

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I was familiar with Occam's Razor, but I had animations turned off in the browser settings, so all I saw was the "God created the universe" image without any animation. Now with animation turned on the graphic makes a lot more sense :)
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From:infrogmation
Date:November 8th, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)

The rest seem very funny, but I don't really get that first one(?)

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That one's animated, in case you have animations turned off.
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From:mindwalker
Date:November 8th, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)

now it makes a lot more sense!

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Thanks - that was my problem - it makes a lot more sense when animated!
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From:lucystag
Date:November 10th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: now it makes a lot more sense!

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Your icon is from a Reason Magazine cover, isn't it? I love that magazine.

I swear my Dad had an article in that exact issue...
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From:mindwalker
Date:November 13th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)

Re: now it makes a lot more sense!

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Yep, it sure is! You are the first person on LJ to ever notice that - or at least to mention it. I love that magazine, too, and the Beatles, and I thought that was a really cool piece of cover art. What was your dad's article about?
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From:lucystag
Date:November 17th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)

Re: now it makes a lot more sense!

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Let's see...Oh yes, on the cover it says "Q and A with Legendary Urban Theorist Jane Jacobs" that would be dad's piece.

Are you a libertararian or do you just like the magazine...uh...because?
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From:jenbooks
Date:November 8th, 2003 11:30 am (UTC)
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These are great, and that Occam's Razor one is perfect!
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