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- Occam's razor: Simpler explanations are more likely to be correct; avoid unnecessary or improbable assumptions.
- Grice's razor: As a principle of parsimony, conversational implications are to be preferred over semantic context for linguistic explanations.
- Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
- Hume's razor: "If the cause, assigned for any effect, be not sufficient to produce it, we must either reject that cause, or add to it such qualities as will give it a just proportion to the effect."
- Hitchens' razor: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
- Newton's flaming laser sword: If something cannot be settled by experiment or observation, then it is not worthy of debate.
- Popper's falsifiability principle: For a theory to be considered scientific, it must be falsifiable.
- Sagan standard: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
- Rand's razor: Prior to philosophizing, the philosopher needs to identify their initial, irreducible, primary axioms.
- Abductive reasoning
- Duck test
- Explanatory power
- Marcello Truzzi § "Extraordinary claims"
- Razor (disambiguation)
- Zebra (medicine)
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‘Rand’s Razor’—that is, ‘state your irreducible primaries’ [Journals of Ayn Rand, pp. 699-700]
- Peikoff, Leonard (1993). Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. The Ayn Rand Library. VI. Meridian. p. 139. ISBN 0-452-01101-9.
‘Rand’s Razor’…Rand’s Razor is addressed to anyone who enters the field of philosophy. It states: name your primaries. Identify your starting points, including the concepts you take to be irreducible, and then establish that these are objective axioms. Put negatively: do not begin to philosophize in midstream. Do not begin with some derivative concept or issue, while ignoring its roots, however much such issue interests you.
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