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A Second Refutation of Ockham’s Razor A Tract Book By Anthony J. Fejfar © Copyright 2006 by Anthony J. Fejfar

Previously, I argued that Ockham’s Razor is invalid because in order for a concept to be valid, it must at least allow for its’ own existence. Ockham’s Razor does not allow for its’ own existence because it excludes itself as an unnecessary metaphysical assumption. In this Tract Book, I explore an alternate refutation of Ockham’s Razor. In essence, Ockham’s Razor provides that a simple explanation of some phenomenon is to be preferred over a more complex explanation. So, for example, if it is possible to argue for or prove or even theorize the origin of the Universe in purely physicalist terms, excluding any discussion of God or metaphysics, then, such a “simple” physicalist explanation is to be preferred. I would like to propose an alternative approach, however. Let us call this Fejfar’s Rubberband. Fejfar’s Rubberband argues that a more complex explanation is to be preferred over a simple one. The argument is that intellectual

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people generally prefer more complex explanations of phenomenon over those which or simple at best, simpliste, at worst. Fejfar’s Rubberband would prefer an explanation of the origin of the Universe which involves God, or metaphysics, over a simple physicalist explanation. Now, let us assume the role of a judge who must determine which approach is more valid, Ockham’s Razor or Fejfar’s Rubberband. Looking at the arguments from a more critical point of view, it is clear that there is no rational basis for preferring Ockham’s Razor to Fejfar’s Rubberband. The choice of selecting a more simple explanation over a more complex explanation is purely subjective. There is no value neutral argument which favors Ockham’s Razor over Fejfar’s Rubberband. Ockham’s Razor is revealed not as critical science, but as a subjectivist, purely arbitrary, irrational, assumption. THE END

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