Book 3 - Page 193

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Book 3 - Page 193
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People tend to misuse Occam's Razor, because it is usually misstated.

William of Occam did not say that the simplest explanation is most likely to be true. He said "Don't multiply entities beyond necessity."

In other words, don't make stuff up unless you absolutely have to.

"Don't make stuff up unless you absolutely have to" is the best way to state Occam's razor in modern parlance.


Often, the simplest explanations involve making stuff up and those that rely on things that are already established are much more complex.
Where is page 194? ... It's almost 7 pm pacific time.

EDIT: This was worth a tip?
Keybounce says what we're all thinking.
BarGamer wrote:
Infidel wrote:
Really, I there are certain phrases that should never pass through an intelligent person's lips.

Is "I refuse to consider" included in that list? I only mention it because I heard it fairly recently.


Interesting question. I suppose it depends on usage.
The most common usage that comes to mind is as a moral boundary. "It has only been five minutes since we got snowed in, I refuse to consider drawing straws." so this is ok.

Now even a broken clock is right twice a day, and even monkeys fall from trees. So even an idiot can say something insightful and even an expert can mess up spectacularly. So refusing to consider that an idiot was right and the expert wrong deserves an honorable mention. Refusing to consider that one's child robbed the bank in-spite of all the evidence to the contrary is also worthy of mention.

So it doesn't indicate an auto-fail since it can be used to table an argument. It doesn't "win" or "lose" and I don't really think it is used as vindication when used correctly, it just tables an option and moves the argument elsewhere. But an intelligent person should be alert to the other two usages and be wary of adopting them. Life is full of examples that happen contrary to our expectations. So intelligent people try to be perceptive and not disregard something that conflicts with one's expectations. Ignoring possibilities is not how we learn.
OneHugeTuck wrote:
Unrelated:

Once upon a time Balder put up a graphic showing progress of updates, future updates and buffer.

Was that a one time thing, or an ongoing thing. And if it's ongoing, where is it to be found?

That was just during the artist gap. Early into the new Xin era, I asked Rob is it could be a thing that continued. His response was something along the lines of asking "are you able to concentrate on work with your boss constantly looking over your shoulder?"

I get that.
Ozamataz Buckshank wrote:
Keybounce says what we're all thinking.

No, what we're thinking is where's the update!

keybounce wrote:
Where is page 194? ... It's almost 7 pm pacific time.

Oh, wait. You meant this post.

It's 12 PM, Pacific Time over here.
Lipkin wrote:
DrunkMonkGar wrote:
Count_to_10 wrote:
Which was odd, because I swear there was a scene showing a bunch of Ace's inventions that included a grenade. Of course, now I can't find it, but I was sure it was there somewhere.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that was in the text update where Ace and Cubbins start making the jetpack, but I looked through all the updates that looked relevant and couldn't find it. I think it got retconed. I did just notice that Ace's table has a lightsaber on it now, though.

http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%202/127


I could have sworn I saw a grenade too, but I might just be misremembering :P

Interesting thing about that page, I have the digital copy of Books 1 and 2, and zoomed in, it looks like there are two guns on that table near Slately. I don't know if it's alright to post images from the books, but if so I have no problem providing it if anyone else wants to look and give a second opinion. I'm assuming if they are actually guns they were placed there just as extra accessories to place on the table, not really expecting knowing about guns would be such an issue in the future. Or simply some laser guns like Slately later has.
I could see little pistol-shaped objects on the table in the lower res image on the site as well. Here on Slately's left towards the middle? For some reason something about them made my mind go "water gun" but I don't really know.
http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+2/127
and http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+3/2
for grenade
Zathyr wrote:
I could see little pistol-shaped objects on the table in the lower res image on the site as well. Here on Slately's left towards the middle? For some reason something about them made my mind go "water gun" but I don't really know.


That's one of those "strange wands" that Ace made for Slately:

"He drummed his fingers, and glanced around the tabletop. It was covered with odd items. That awful Dollamancer's things. Had that buffoon really wasted juice without orders on this critical turn, just to make another "accessory?" He'd see that the caster was punished. That was, assuming Jetstone would be victorious this day."

You can get a pretty close look at some of his similar work here: http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+2/165
and here: http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+2/163
and here: http://archives.erfworld.com/Book+2/156