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Re: Occam's Razor

From: "Greg Sandow" <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 12:42:20 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 20:55:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor


> Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 02:09:52 -0700
> From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Occam's Razor And Oddball Events


> 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.

Thanks, Larry. This is exactly what I was talking about. Occam's
Razor is, just as you say, a handy rule of thumb, a reminder not
to go off on crazy tangents when you haven't looked at all
possibilities.

But if it determined what we thought we were going to find at the
end of the process, we'd be in big trouble.

Greg Sandow



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