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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Brian Straight <brians@mdbs.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 09:34:18 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 17:24:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

While I subscribe to the tenets of Occam's Razor, it is worth
noting that, from the point of view of deconstructionist
philosophy, it is a concept that can be quite easily
deconstructed, i.e., Occam's Razor claims that the 'simplest'
explanations are always the best, because they likely to accord
more closely with 'reality.'

The Deconstructionist, who is not likely to be gainfully
employed, and therefore has lots of time to think about this
kind of thing, is likely to reply to this assertion with the
observation that it is precisely the 'simplest' explanations
that are, on the contrary, likely to be the most culturally
complex.  In other words, Occam's Razor makes all kinds of
assumptions about the nature of 'reality' and empiricism which
arise directly from a highly complex cultural continuum and from
a lengthy ideological history.  "Simple' is only simple with
reference to this rich backgound (wich has little to do with
external reality, whatever that is).

What's the moral of all this?  Always be aware of the
assumptions that go into any attempt to structure what we call
reality.  Ufology requires us to think 'outside the box.'


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