Occam’s Razor for Blogophilia 15.6


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 edited for Blogophilia

Occam’s Razor –

Occam faced himself in the mirror. Get a decent shave and leave the room. That’s all he wanted He didn’t care for electric razors and still used a cartridge one. Not paying attention, daydreaming as usual, he nicked his philtrum. Shit. That spot was as sensitive as a grape. 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. “There is a crack in everything..That’s how the light gets in.” Maybe Leonard Cohen said that, but he had never been on Occam’s bathroom.

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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14 Responses to Occam’s Razor for Blogophilia 15.6

  1. trev says:

    OUCH!!!… now that’s gotta hurt!!…. lol….. xxx
    ..

  2. Mae Clair says:

    How utterly bizarre, strange and wonderfully intriguing!

  3. Blue fool says:

    Wicked are the way of blades. I am searching for the simplest reason for this, of course searching my brain won’t take long and usually ends up with negative results. I have never heard the term “Occams Razor” I love it when I learn something new! Thank you!

  4. Marvin says:

    Very cutting write! 🙂 sorry couldn’t resist! 8 points Earthling! 🙂

  5. Chuck says:

    I’ve always believe Occam’s Razor was most useful in the middle ground: the “harder” social sciences like economics that are wholly assumption based as opposed to the premise based “hard” sciences. For what little its worth I consider “Murphy’s Law” to be the contra-positive of Occam’s Razor.

  6. I really enjoined this piece. Great job!!

  7. A most excellent and rather chilling flash fiction. I only knew Occam’s Razor as a name of a song by the progressive rock group Porcupine Tree. Learning something new every day!!!! 😀

  8. Doris Emmett says:

    Very informative read…a bit messy but definitely intriguing!

  9. 027dj says:

    Interesting take on this…

    ~~Diana Jillian (DJ)

  10. I don;t think my comments have been showing up 😦 But I’ll say I love this anyway in case they are…

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