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Originally posted by Protector
You can't call it your theory when it came out in Greek Times. Try again... maybe read a book.
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
translated: Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity
We must drive a sword through any hypothesis that is not strictly necessary.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) lived after Ockham's time and has a variant of Occam's razor. His variant short-circuits the need for sophistication by equating it to simplicity.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Occam's Razor is now usually stated as follows:
Of two equivalent theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred.
As this is ambiguous, Isaac Newton's version may be better:
We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances.
In the spirit of Occam's Razor itself, the rule may be stated thus:
The simplest explanation is usually the best.