04-29-2013, 11:46 PM
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Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
The term "Occam's razor" first appeared in 1852 in the works of Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet (1788–1856), centuries after William of Ockham's death. Ockham did not invent this "razor"; its association with him may be due to the frequency and effectiveness with which he used it. Ockham stated the principle in various ways, but the most popular version "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity" was written by John Punch from Cork in 1639.

So what does a philosophic principle have to do with shaving? Read that last paragraph again, and pay extra attention to "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity"... in short, Occam's Razor tells us that you'll only really need one blade (straight, SE or DE) to shave; having two or more introduces needless complexity to the process.

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 04-30-2013, 01:42 AM
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Haha! Nice write up there!

I guess Ockham's Razor explains the success of many different products in the shaving world then ... Wink

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 04-30-2013, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for the history lesson.

What I really like is the fact that it is "New!"

"It's So Simple!"

"Just One Blade"

And the kicker is the fact that it is An OCCAM's.

And unless you either knew about William of Ockham or wondered what an OCCAM really was you would be none the wiser.

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 04-30-2013, 08:14 AM
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Boring !!!

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 04-30-2013, 08:21 AM
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Not boring at all. Thank goodness Schick and GEM mastered the process.

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 04-30-2013, 10:01 AM
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I didn't find it boring at all. Learning something new, especially in an entertaining way, is why a lot of us are here.

Thanks Hans. Thumbsup

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 04-30-2013, 10:14 AM
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“I hope at least that the next time you’re tempted to consider parsimony as a desirable aspect of whatever you are doing, you’ll give some thought to whether you really want to advocate a simplistic and nonexistent parsimony, rather than an appropriately complicated and meaningful psychology.” – William Battig (1929-1979)

I prefer complexity in my shaving.

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 04-30-2013, 03:35 PM
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Boring? I think not.

I knew what Occams razor was, but never knew the history of it. Thanks Hans!

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 05-01-2013, 03:29 AM
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Great food for thought.Thanks for the post.

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