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Re: Ockham's Razor Reference

From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 05:15:19 -0700
Fwd Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 11:03:56 -0400
Subject: Re: Ockham's Razor Reference

>From: Max Burns <AlienHype1@aol.com>
>Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 13:13:41 EDT
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Re: Ockham's Razor Reference

>>From: Sherry Cardinal <cardinal@bconnex.net>

>>Ockham's razor. States that after all possibilities have been

>>considered, in all likelihood, the correct answer to a problem

>>is probably the simpliest explanation

>Personally I disagree with Ockham's razor the statement is too

>Max Burns

Dear Max and Sherry:

You and I probably agree that the 'razor' is a nice
rule-of-thumb, but highly fallible, as I had indicated some
weeks ago.

But, according to my New Illustrated Columbia Encyclopedia
($3.99 per volume at the Safeway supermarket chain here some
twenty years ago) William of Occam or Ockam actually said:

" What can be done with fewer (assumptions) is done in vain with
more. "Period. End of quote.

Willy just doesn't allow for the oddball things that defy simple
explanations, yet happen every day. I do, and I am sure almost
everyone does.

If this quotation is in error, I shall not ask for my $3.99 back.

I can't buy a paperback for 4 bucks anymore.

Best wishes

- Larry Hatch

PS: I also want to congratulate Jerry Clark for the well
deserved honors his monumental UFO cncyclopedia has won.

Dr. Richard Haines showed me his copy of one volume. We were
both deeply impressed. Haines opined that these volumes would (
and should ) remain on library shelves well into the next
century.  I agree.

Now, it I could only work out some kind of a trade..


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