LANCE MORROW, ESSAYIST, TIME MAGAZINE:
If you look at the whole year as theater,
as the real acts of tragedy, there’s an
almost poetic feeling to it. 1968 was
one Goddamn thing after another.
|With one breath, with one flow
You will know
A sleep trance, a dream dance
A shaped romance
A connecting principle
If we share this nightmare
If you act as you think
We know you, they know me
A star fall, a phone call
It’s so deep, it’s so wide
Effect without cause
The principle states that one should not make more assumptions than the minimum needed. This principle is often called the principle of parsimony.
It underlies all scientific modelling and theory building. It admonishes us to choose from a set of otherwise equivalent models of a given phenomenon the simplest one.
In any given model, Occam’s razor helps us to “shave off” those concepts, variables or constructs that are not really needed to explain the phenomenon. By doing that, developing the model will become much easier, and there is less chance of introducing inconsistencies, ambiguities and redundancies.