Occam’s Butterknife

May 9, 2008

I saw this term referenced here , and it caught my eye so I of course googled it. Steve Sailer’s blog posts uses the term several times. Halbakery.com has the idea of an Occam’s Butterknife award for the most obfuscated, convoluted explanation for a problem:

Occam’s Razor = the simplest solution is the best solution. Occam’s Butter Knife = build, obfusticate and make it more expensive.

I suppose the more convoluted the argument, the duller the knife?

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