Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.(Matthew 7:13-14) NKJV
Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle attributed to William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), who was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian.
The principle can be interpreted as stating:
Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.– William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347)
This is also stated as: all things being equal, the simplest explanation is best. Simple is best, right? However, there’s two major flaws in this logic:
The Philosophical Glitches of Occam’s Razor
- All things aren’t equal,
- What really happened is rarely the simplest explanation.
Occam’s razor is popular among atheist intellectual elites because it makes them feels as if they’re smarter than God. We conclude that it’s the scientific embodiment of wilful ignorance in the post who’s the smartest? We demonstrate a rapid shift in tone regarding Occam’s razor in the atheist science troll (AST) community in Occam’s Twitter. We compare the assumptions necessary in the theoretical foundation of two competing paradigms in is simple still best? The philosophical value of Occam’s razor is demonstrated by the debate between heliocentric vs. Geocentrospheric cosmologies where it’s been badly misapplied. We conclude that Occam’s razor is a pithy meme which is used to justify believing the heliocentric theory in Occam’s delusion.