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  • Occam, William of See William of Ockham.

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  • n. English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)

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  • I'll also admit that I may have been biased to looking for the signs because of something I had been discussing with my wife that I have now decided to term Occam's Gayzor.

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  • After they had bene diuers times aboord our shippes, my selfe, with seuen more went twentie mile into the Riuer, that runneth towarde the Citie of Skicoak, which Riuer they call Occam: and the euening following, wee came to an

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation. Vol. XIII. America. Part II.

  • I pointed at a fat bitch at the end of the bar and suggested that he talk to her instead, and he laughed and said it wasn't like that, and anyway, something called Occam's Razor told him that if she drank light beer and avoided the Hog Wings, her problem would probably be less acute.

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  • Andy says that's called Occam's Razor - go for the simplest explanation as it's most likely to be the right one.

    God Squad

  • To be clear: I doubt he has manipulated the draw, but this option still serves a better explanation as the prediction method with 24 people doing automatic writing, so he made the main point of his show without calling it by its proper name Occam's Razor.

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  • Skicoak, which river they call Occam; and the evening following we came to an island which they call Roanoak, distant from the harbor by which we entered seven leagues; and at the north end thereof was a village of nine houses built of cedar and fortified round about with sharp trees to keep out their enemies, and the entrance into it made like a turnpike very artificially. [

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 10

  • To paraphrase Occam ` s razor, everything else being equal, the simplest answer is usually the best.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2008

  • There's also an old idea in science called Occam's Razor, which more or less says that scientists should be biased toward simplicity in explanations.

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  • In science, there is a principle called Occam's Razor, which posits that all other things being equal, the simpler answer is usually the correct one.

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  • The games played in the aftermath of the Sherrod affair have led me to the following inexorable conclusion, one that is motivated by an adherence to parsimony in my reasoning, and the b.s. test famously called Occam's razor.

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