The other day I mentioned Occam’s razor, a conceptual test dear to the hearts of scientists and epistemologists for evaluating competing explanations of observable phenomena. My usage prompted this from Jon, a much loved pal last seen at his St Ives home in the summer of 2018:
One of the most engaging aspects of your scribblings is my regular need of a good dictionary, encyclopaedia or indeed in this day and age Wiki. Today had me grunting across the table ‘ Occam’s f……..g razor’ . What the f…is he on about now ?!
Truly, only you could insert a medieval Franciscan’s law of parsimony into the text. Cracking work and now I am the wiser in acknowledging a theory I have subscribed to for years.
Here’s another lovely word – Apricity, the warmth of the winter sun. It might technically be spring but that east wind do cut through you a tad, lovely in a sheltered spot. Stay well. X from Cornwall
I googled of course …
… before replying:
Apricity I hadn’t heard before Jon. And it is indeed a lovely word, with a ring both of April and apricot about it. Some new words I look up and make a note to forget immediately on grounds that (a) I find it ugly and (b) there are perfectly acceptable alternatives.
Apricity I shall remember and find an occasion for.
Occam’s razor is an extremely useful test. Allied, as you say, with the scientific principle of parsimony and the more everyday one of simplicity.
Stay well x*