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Ockham's razor also Occam's razor. Also called law of parsimony.

"Never multiply explanations or make them more complicated than necessary. An explanation should be as simple and direct as possible"

"It is vain to do with more that can be done with less." William of Occam (attributed to) (c. 1285-1349), English monk, philosopher Occam's Razor.

A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. This rule is interpreted to mean that the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable and that an explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known. 

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