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filmscanners: OT, and totally (was:VueScan and Occam's Razor

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  • From: "Lynn Allen" <lynn_allen@angelfire.com>
  • Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2001 10:25:13 -0400
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I think the most valid example of Matthew's observation occured in Athens 
several thousand years ago:

Aristotle's Local Debating Club was presenting arguments for "How Many Teeth 
Does a Horse Have?" After several hours of heated debate, observing "Perfect 
Logic" as the Greeks understood it, one rashly impatient young man said, "Well, 
why don't we just go out, find a horse, and count his teeth?"

He was thrown out of the Club, of course. :-)

Best regards--LRA

On Fri, 08 Jun 2001 23:44:30  
 S. Matthew Prastein wrote:
>The "post-modernist" and "critical anlysis" folk argue that there is no
>"valid" reasoning, only argument driven by political or economic
>Any competent lawyer can present  an arguably plausible chain of reasoning
>in support of any position, however ridiculous.  The more ridiculous
>positions merely require more convoluted chains of reasoning,
>We need to vigorously wield Occam's razor whenever we are in the presence
>of journalists, politicians, sociologists, diplomats, . . . .
>This is clearly OT, but I couldn't help myself.
>On Fri, 08 Jun 2001 18:24:11 +0100, you wrote:
>>In <>, Marvin Demuth 
>>> While waiting for my RA4 chemicals to come up to 35 degrees C, I had time 
>>> to look up Ockham on the web. You live in an interesting area.
>>> I also had time to refresh my memory of my first introduction to Occam's 
>>> Razor."  John Bogel, the founder of the fabulous Vanguard Mutual Funds 
>>> Group, devotes a chapter in his most recent book (Common Sense on Mutual 
>>> Funds) to its application to returns on investments.  He paraphrases Sir 
>>> William's insight with the phrase "that the simpler the explanation, the 
>>> more likely it is to be correct."
>>> We all have so much to learn in mastering our skills in analysis and 
>>> communication.
>>I liked the remark I saw some years ago in a article about UFO freaks, 
>>conspiracy theorists, etc., that "they would use Occam's razor to cut your 
>>throat"! ;-)
>>Brian Rumary, England
>Dad and Mom

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