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Weaver: Ideas Have Consequences

Ideas Have Consequences
Richard M. Weaver
(University of Chicago, 1948)
175 p.

“This is another book about the dissolution of the West.”

Such is the desultory opening sentence of a book that has, I think it is fair to say, achieved the status of a minor classic of contemporary conservatism.

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Books

Occam's Razor

Anyone who has read the Sherlock Holmes series is familiar with the quote, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Spock even quotes him in one of the Star Trek movies. 198 more words

Observation

Not so Simple... the Surprisingly Convoluted History of Occam's Razor

 Occam’s Razor.  It is a basic scientific principle. And it says, all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.

— Ellie Arroway, in the 1997 film…

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Science

Laplace great⁶-grand child!

Looking at the Family Tree application (I discovered via Peter Coles’ blog), I just found out that I was Laplace’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grand-child! Through Poisson and Chasles. 180 more words

Statistics

Keep it Simple

One of the most important things I’ve learned over the course of my life is the wisdom of keeping things simple.  I don’t know why it is, but we humans have a tendency to overcomplicate our lives. 287 more words

From Christina

On a razors edge

“The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct”
William of Ockham

So lets assume that I feel like I’ve made a huge mistake, and let’s assume that the repercussions are irreversible and that the mistake was unintentional. 1,322 more words

The Art of Consulting - Designing (Completeness & Simplicity)

There comes a moment, after all the reading, listening, questioning, analysing, presenting and writing, when you’ve finally got to come up with an idea. You can’t defer it indefinitely. 814 more words