Re: A new razor
Posted: May 7th, 2019, 4:08 am
Yeah, well, I don't know how to say it so you will understand. I mean that that is not the case - and would be rather odd news to particle physicists and neuroscients - and it is also NOT what Occam's Razor is saying.h_k_s wrote: ↑May 7th, 2019, 3:49 amSimpler explanations are more likely to be true -- you are correct.Karpel Tunnel wrote: ↑May 7th, 2019, 2:16 am
If you mean that what you said and what I said are the same, they are not.
To say that simpler explanations are more likely to be true is a theory about how the universe works and is made up. Like it is more likely it will turn out that consciousness is caused by a simple mechanism than a complicated one, because simpler explanations are more likely.
Whereas the OR is a methodological explanation...
if we have two explanations and one of them has less entities and they both work equally well explainging the pheonomenon, then is is better to choose the simpler one.
Those are very different kinds of ideas, the first is a theory about ontology, the second is a suggestion about how community decides what to consider knowledge.
It could be your hypothesis.