Razor #4: Hume’s Razor Jun26


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Razor #4: Hume’s Razor

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.


A cause that is inadequate
to explain an effect
is not the cause,
or not the only cause,
or just a supporting condition.


(In philosophy, a razor is a principle or rule of thumb that allows one to eliminate (‘shave off’) unlikely explanations for a phenomenon, or avoid unnecessary actions.)