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The simplest explanation is the most likely one!

I love this theory. The definition of which is: 

'Occam's razor is the problem-solving principle that essentially states that simpler solutions are more likely to be correct than complex ones. When presented with competing hypotheses to solve a problem, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions.'

I find this strangely reassuring. So an example. When the children have been ill, presenting with a few different symptoms, I have tended to get myself in a panic about what it could be, and usually I ended up with a worst case scenario, which I'm glad to say did turn out to be wrong on several occasions. So when my son had a nasty bug and was off for a couple of weeks last term, one of our hens also happened to be ill. I came to the conclusion that my son had contracted some terrible form of terminal bird flu from the hen. When in actual fact he had just picked up a virus from school, and the hen had a bit of diarrhoea. I think employing the logic that it's likely to be the most obvious and simplest explanation is really rather comforting! Lucy x


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