Russell Standish wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 09:24:21PM -0700, Brent Meeker wrote:
>>> scientific theories (doing so by definition). The reason it is
>>> rejected is because of the arbitrary nature of the date makes it a
>>> more complex theory (in the Occam's razor sense).
>> And it is not POVI.
>> Brent Meeker
> True, but then POVI is a specialised version of Occams razor.
It is more specific and as Vic argues it is sine qua non for a 
scientific theory.  Occams razor is a vague desiderata. You can justify 
almost anything by choosing your definition of "complex", e.g.  theists 
say, "God did it." is the simplest possible theory.


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