A Simple Method To Solve Many Problems You Face: Ockham’s Razor

Edanaz Aksoy

Edanaz Aksoy

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We calculate all probabilities when solving the problems we face. While we create a perception that the most complex thing is closest to the truth, we think that the simplest explanation is inadequate compared to it. Listening to your inner ‘voice’ while you need to make a decision will be the simplest way to say ‘I think this is the right thing’.
One of the most influential philosophers of the 14th century, William of Ockham, known as the ‘The Invincible Doctor’ and the ‘Honourable Initiator’, dealt with the moral, god and human relationship in his works. According to Ockham, knowledge; It is divided into two as composite information and non-composite information. Compound knowledge is knowledge of a proposition. Non-composite knowledge includes intuitive knowledge. Things that we are not aware of are also included in intuitive knowledge.




How Is Ockham’s Razor Applied?

There is a connection between our mind and objects. This bond can be expressed in different words. However, its terminology and logic are the same in every language.



Ockham adhered to the ‘principle of simplicity’ while advancing his theses. According to Ockham, the number of possibilities should not be increased unless it is necessary. A simpler explanation is superior to a complex one. This approach has been called “Ockham’s Razor” in the history of philosophy.

“The simplest possibilities should never be overlooked”.
-Garry Small, The Secret Notebook of a Psychiatrist


This is how many successful people solve their day-to-day problems.

It is observed that these successful names, who have started a separate fashion trend besides their own names, actually prefer the simplest one, such as the black sweater that Steve Jobs often wears or the gray t-shirt of Mark Zuckerberg.

Phenomenal names, while developing their ideas or working on a project, prefer the option that will least affect the situation they focus on and the simplest solution.
Our preference for simplicity, not only in terms of clothing, but also in determining our lifestyle, is an indicator of the ‘Minimalist’ spirit within us.
Even though Ochkam has not done any prospective research, he has come to the conclusion that the individual and the decisions he adopts may be at the center of his life. Ochkam’s Razor shows us that intellectual possibilities are a tool for making efficient decisions and thus can serve a right purpose.

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