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William of Ockham (also Occam, Hockham, or any of several other spellings, pronounced /ˈɒkəm/) (c. 1288 - c. 1348)

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Occam's Razor: Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem or "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily", or "Do not multiply entities unnecessarily", or "Entities should not be unnecessarily multiplied". Alternate phrasing for this is Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate ("Plurality must never be posited without necessity") or Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora ("It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer"). William of Ockham (also Occam, Hockham, Occham, Hockem, Octum, and various other spellings) first put forward this precept. [1]


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  • Occam's Razor (scientific)
  • Lo Pan's Razor
  • Crabtree's Bludgeon, a foil to Occam's Razor, and may be expressed so: "No set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated."
  • Parsimony, which in the scientific method is an epistemological, metaphysical, or heuristic preference, not an irrefutable principle of logic, and certainly not a scientific result.
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  • OCCAM: Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean and in the World
  • OCCAM: The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCI)




A Cyclon from the Telemovie "Razor"


In music

  • Razor (band), a Canadian thrash metal band formed in 1984
  • "Razor", the last song on the album In Your Honor by the Foo Fighters
  • The Razors, a Belgian punk rock band formed in 1978
  • Razorlight, a light weight version of The Razors

In literature

People & fictional characters


Other uses


Screenshot: Simplicity PHP framework, as you can tell an extremely complex application
  • Razer: most often a stylized misspelling of the word razor.
  • Razer, a former Canadian digital television specialty service now known as MTV2.
  • Razer USA Ltd, an American computer peripheral manufacturer that specialises in gaming mice
  • Razer (Robot), a contestant on the TV show Robot Wars
  • Helen Razer, an Australian radio presenter and writer



  • Simplicity is simply the act of being simple
  • Simplicity is the property, condition, or quality of being simple or un-combined.


Computers and software


Screenshot: SiMPLE, a basic programming language




In technology:

  • SIMPLE, a presence and instant messaging protocol suite
  • SiMPLE, a programming language
  • SIMPLE algorithm, a numerical method for Computational fluid dynamics

In other uses:

Sample. Not to be confused with simple.

Peter Simple

See also

  • Sample
  • Simplicity
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  • Simply


  1. Possibly to defend his habit of reusing the same teabag until it disintegrated.


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