Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Alkoholische Tiere

Brass Monkey,

That Funky Monkey,

Brass Monkey Junkie,

That Funky Monkey...

Music by: The Beastie Boys [Brass Monkey]

Thursday, June 04, 2009


By those illustrated in the simplicity of things; the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory. When multiple competing hypotheses are equal in other respects, the principle recommends selecting the hypothesis that introduces the fewest assumptions and postulates the fewest entities.

Hypotheses exist to give accurate explanations of phenomena, and simplicity is a valuable aspect of an explanation because it makes the explanation easier to understand and work with. Thus, if two hypotheses are equally accurate and neither appears more probable than the other, the simple one is to be preferred over the complicated one, because simplicity is practical.

The problem of deciding between competing explanations for empirical facts cannot be solved by formal tools. Simplicity principles can be useful heuristics in formulating hypotheses, but they do not make a contribution to the selection of theories. A theory that is compatible with one person’s world view will be considered simple, clear, logical, and evident, whereas what is contrary to that world view will quickly be rejected as an overly complex explanation with senseless additional hypotheses.

I'd wish everything could keep as simple as that...

Music by: The Trashmen [Surfing Bird]

Monday, June 01, 2009