Flash Fiction Friday 1.0

My friend Kristen has posted a sentence as a prompt for her first Flash Fiction Friday.

The sentence is:

In this case, it would be incorrect to assume Occam’s Razor.
What is Occam’s Razor?

Occam’s razor is a principle from philosophy. Suppose two explanations are equally likely. In this case the simpler one is usually better. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation is. Occam’s razor applies especially in the philosophy of science, but also more generally. Or put another way

It’s a theory used for science/philosophy/etc which suggests that, if you are presented with a number of explanations for a problem, then the simplest one is usually correct.

Occam and his razor

and now for my submission

Occam’s Razor – 159 words

Occam faced himself in the mirror as he shaved. He didn’t care for electric razors and still used a cartridge one. Not paying attention, daydreaming as usual, he nicked his philtrum. Shit. He placed the blade on the edge of the sink and stepped two paces in the windowless area, as dark and confining as a cellar, to tear several squares of toilet tissue off the roll. Back at the mirror he dabbed at the blood and again picked up the shaver to continue, vowing to pay more attention. Noticing something amiss he peered at the razor. It felt heavy and unwieldy in his hand. What the hell? The sword began to slash his flesh. Crimson splashed on the porcelain. He watched the scene unfold in the glass. Heart thumping fear gripped him. Over the sink, the reflected visage had been ripped to shreds, and grinned back at him like the Cheshire Cat. There must be a simple explanation….

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4 Responses to Flash Fiction Friday 1.0

  1. Hahaha! I LOVE it! Surreal, dark & creepy. So awesome, Sue!
    Thanks also for posting another explanation 😉
    I finished writing the first-draft of mine, now I’m going to walk Eva, then come back and re-look at it with fresh eyes before posting 😉

  2. VR Barkowski says:

    Whoa, Sue, that was dark—loved it! Occam is much hotter than I imagined. And I’m embarrassed to say I had to look up philtrum. How could I not know that word?

    VR Barkowski

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