Public art and Ockham’s Razor

By Hamish Keith In Cultural Curmudgeon

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24th November, 2012
Seven hundred years ago in the English village of Ockham, a cleric called William had a bright idea. If there were two ways to explain the same thing, the simplest was most likely to be right. Philosophers had thought it before – but William’s idea had such clarity that the notion now carries his name: Ockham’s Razor (also called Occam). Recently, in the iridescent chit-chat of morning radio, someone described how it worked. “Put a bunch of clever people in a room, ask them a simple question and they will come up with an answer of staggering complexity.” Give that man a medal. ...

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