Careful with that Razor, Occam !

Mentioned earlier that Foucault & Quine (and many others) consistently warn against the “simplification” implicit in scientific method when arriving at descriptions of the world. Part of my thesis that “received rationality” is unwise in complex systems, and I’ve already used the thought of “Avoiding cutting one’s own throat with Occam’s Razor” in my original “manifesto“. Found an interesting aphorism from Ted Samsel, in a Google thread started by Jorn called “Two thoughts on e-life” namely “ObConcept : Occam’s Razor meets the Procrustean Bed” (apparently the Athenian tyrant Procrustes had a bed of fixed length into which he “trimmed” miscreants to fit – one size fits all idea.)

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