A Third Refutation of Ockham’s Razor A Tract Book Essay By Anthony J. Fejfar, Esq., Coif © Copyright 2007 by Anthony J.

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Ockham’s Razor, which many find to the cornerstone of their philosophy of science, provides that the most simple solution to a problem, which makes the least amount of assumptions, is preferable to a solution which makes more assumptions or which is more complex. I argue that Ockham’s Razor is itself an assumption, not a proof, and therefore that Ockham’s Razor excludes itself in every application. So for example let us consider the problem 2+2=? To one using Ockham’s Razor the problem explicitly begins as follows:

1. I assume the existence and functioning of Ockham’s Razor. 2. Because of Ockham’s Razor I am precluded from making any extra assumptions not needed to solve the problem. 3. I solve the problem as 2=2=4. Please note that the foregoing takes one assumption and three steps to solve.

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If we simply ignore Ockham’s Razor in the first place then the problem can be solved in one step: 1. 2+2=4

Now, let us take a more complex problem, the Origin of the Universe. Let us once again start with the starting assumption of Ockham’s Razor and move to solve the problem.

1. I assume the existence and functioning of Ockham’s Razor. 2. Because of Ockham’s Razor I am precluded from making any extra assumptions not needed to solve the problem. 3. The Big Bang created the Universe. Please note that the foregoing makes one assumption and takes three steps to solve. However, the problem could be solved in two steps: 1. The First Cause Causes the Big Bang. 2. The Big Band Causes the Universe. By excluding the assumption of Ockham’s Razor a more complete, persuasive argument is made, with fewer steps and fewer assumptions.

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