posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 06:13 PM
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by SLAYER69
I prefer to take a wait and see approach and to always try to maintain an open mind.
Yep. Nothing wrong with that. But you know what they say about open minds...and Occam's razor.
Actually, I didn't know "what they say about open minds...and Occam's razor" so I Googled open minds and Occum's razor, and here is the first
article I found:
How Occam's Razor Works
Skeptics use Occam's razor as a fundamental tool and sometimes as evidence itself. Skeptics are people who tend to believe only what they can
sense or what can be proven scientifically. This makes them foils to people who believe in conspiracy theories and religious beliefs.
But a true skeptic will tell you that he only uses Occam's razor as a tool for considering different explanations. Skeptics who truly appreciate the
healthy investigation of the universe use Occam's razor to pick the simplest (and in their belief, most logical) explanation, but stop short of using
it to discount other, more complex explanations. After all, evidence could come to light later on that shows the more fantastic is true, and a true
skeptic's aim is to keep an open mind.
There are, however, some -- skeptics and scientists alike -- who wield the razor like a broadsword. To these people it proves one theory and disproves
another. There are two problems with using Occam's razor as a tool to prove or disprove an explanation. One, determining whether or not something is
simple (say, empirical evidence) is subjective -- meaning it's up to the individual to interpret its simplicity. Two, there's no evidence that
supports the notion that simplicity equals truth.
I was under the impression when I first read your post that you were implying that open minded people tend to use Occam's razor and ineffectively so,
but after reading this article I am now not clear what you meant by your remark at all. Maybe you could translate it for me.
I don't know, maybe you meant to distinguish the use of Occam's razor from open mindedness. What I find interesting is that you seem to show little
regard for the open mind, but I doubt you need to be educated on the fact that Galileo was confronted with a bunch of dogmatists who were far from
open minded, as have been many scientists who in the end were able to move their hypothesis to theory or beyond. It would be fair to suggest that
Galileo had an open mind. He may not have got everything right, but on the heliocentric universe, he got that right.