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Re: Occam's Razor

From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 02:09:52 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 08:59:23 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor


Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 17:43:02 -0400
To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
From: Bob Shell <bob@bobshell.com>
Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs


>From: RobIrving@aol.com
>Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 13:09:03 EDT
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Occam's Razor and UFOs

>>  From: "Greg Sandow" <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>>  To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>>  Subject: Occam's Razor and UFOs
>>  Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 10:24:55 -0400

Dear sirs:

If I may put in 2 cents worth, Occam's Razor is merely a rule of
thumb .. a highly useful one at that .. but it fails ..

Occams Razor  is a tool,  but not a rule,  of logic!

On numerous occasions, Occams Razor has led me astray while I was
troubleshooting electronic problems in the semiconductor
industry.

On one occasion, a little plastic switch housing became so
electrically conductive that it could turn itself on at will,
without having the metal contacts touch together!!

Anyone else would have thrown the switch away. I cut it open and
SAW the contacts clearly separated .. but it still conducted
invisibly! Uri Geller time!

I finally found a thin hairline crack which may have filled with
oil and dust. Over time, enough leakage current must had heated
the crack until it carbonized, and became partly conductive ..
enough to switch the circuit.

I have never seen this before or since.

Occam's Razor would seem useless in cases like this.

Best wishes

-  Larry Hatch




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