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Occam's Razo
Scott Sullivan
Employing this razor came to mind when Avi Glibicky, a publicist for Budweiser’s Detroit Media Team, suggested I write a trending life-style story on the beer maker’s Labor Day USA Survey.

Occam’s razor, a problem-solving principle attributed to the English friar and philosopher William of Ockham (c.1287-1347), holds that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

Scientists do not consider it an irrefutable principle, just a preference based on how easily evidence can be falsified. The more variables introduced or implied, the tougher your hypothesis is to test.

In short, K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid.

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