Determining the validity or truth of an idea or statement isn’t always easy and never has been easy. A fourteenth-century philosopher William of Occam had a useful rule of thumb for this quandary. We now know it as Occam’s Razor, and it is often stated thusly: “The simplest explanation is usually the best.” The original Latin --“Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate” -- adds a wrinkle. This translates roughly, “Multiple variables are not to be posited without necessity.” A more modern form of this principle is called the Duck test which is a humorous term for a form of inductive reasoning. This is its usual expression: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
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As Palestinians continue their struggle against the brutal on-going Israeli occupation, Iran has claimed to support the oppressed people of the West Bank and Gaza. For roughly 36 years, Iran, as well as Lebanese Shiite Islamic guerrilla movement, Hezbollah, have been constantly spewing out anti-Israeli rhetoric in an attempt to publicly condemn the occupation and display its support and sympathy for the Palestinian cause. 663 more words
13 million people in Yemen (half of its population) are struggling daily to find enough food to eat. Half of those people, or 6.5 million people, are on the brink of starvation, according to a report on The Guardian today detailing recent numbers reported by Oxfam. 793 more words