Do you ever witness someone making a mountain out of a mole hill? Here’s a way to effectively deal with it.

William of Ockham was a Franciscan Friar who studied logic in the 14th century. He popularized the decision making principle called ‘Occam’s Razor’.

Occam’s Razor means that if there are several possible ways (i.e. one simple and one complex) that something might have happened, that work EQUALLY well, shave away the more complex one and use the simplest. The simplest is usually the right one.

It does not mean that if the more complex explanation does a BETTER job than the simpler one, to choose the simpler one.

For example, in medicine, when there are many explanations for symptoms, the simplest diagnosis is the first one to test. If your child has a runny nose, they probably have a cold rather than a rare birth defect.

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