Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for June 08, 2023

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    Who came up with the idea for Occam’s Razor? It’s not the obvious, William of Ockham. So that idea lost it’s credibility.


    The first known usage was by Durandus of Saint-Pourçain.

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    GreasyOldTam  6 months ago

    Yeah, I don’’t know about that Occam’s razor stuff. In my experience the right answer is usually right. Simple has nothing to do with it.

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    HidariMak  6 months ago

    In my experience Occam’s Razor is whichever explanation requires the fewest assumptions. A Google search on “Carl Sagan invisible dragon” (without the quotes) does a good job of explaining it.

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    danketaz Premium Member 6 months ago

    A Hole Is To Dig.

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    Sanspareil  6 months ago

    Occam’s razor was rather bloodied when he shaved without the best shaving cream!

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    Doug K  6 months ago

    What is it called when the (so-called) “obvious” is obviously not so obvious or very obvious (at all)?

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    cmerb  6 months ago

    And just how are they going to get him out of the hole ?

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    Out of the Past  6 months ago

    Our dachshund loved to dig. Toward the end, I think she lived to dig.

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    mrwiskers  6 months ago

    I just read that bias (which we inherently possess) is a force.

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    mistercatworks  6 months ago

    Should have changed the blade on his Occam’s Razor years ago.

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    ms-ss  6 months ago

    I wasn’t too sure about Occam’s Razor, but I remember Schrödinger’s Paradox. Saw it many times on reruns of BBT.

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    sandpiper  6 months ago

    It’s a parallel to Sherlock Holmes’ theory. i.e., once you have eliminated the impossible, “whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”.

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    morningglory73 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Look at all the big feet!

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member 6 months ago

    My dad told me that he had a dog out on the ranch that dug itself down into a gopher hole and then couldn’t get out. He didn’t find the dog for months.

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    twagner003  6 months ago

    If you don’t utilize Occam’s razor, sometimes you have to deal with the Sword of Damocles.

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    Papakillamon  6 months ago

    The late great hound Mr. Duke before tearing into grass and dirt always tilted his head back and forth as if to get a better listen from what lay below. He never caught anything just the same.

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    If he strikes oil, I get half

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 6 months ago

    What you’ve got going here, Jeffrey, is not a theory, it’s a hypothesis, which is a candidate being tested against reality to see if it can eventually earn the status of theory, which is an explanation so well supported by evidence that it’s pretty much universally accepted by scientists as true. Examples include the theory of optics, the germ theory of disease, the atomic theory of matter, the molecular theory of thermodynamics, the theory of relativity, the continental-plate theory of tectonics, the theory of gravitation, the natural-selection theory of evolution, and so on.

    With respect to the word “the” in front of “theory”, scientists understand that, in each case, there’s really only a single, widely accepted explanation for all the observable phenomena, so they feel justified in using the definite article. Contrast that with quantum mechanics, which nobody really understands or has a good explanation for. Nobody ever talks about the theory of quantum mechanics (or even a theory); all we have are observations that nobody can make any sense out of.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 6 months ago

    Maybe he dug it for the same reason that guy climbed Mt Everest, “Because It’s There”. :)

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    anomaly  6 months ago

    He heard them speaking Chinese.

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    Redd Panda  6 months ago

    I used Occam’s razor to try and shave Schrödinger’s cat.

    It didn’t go as planned.

    Oh well, back to the Autocad. (No one uses drawing boards anymore.)

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    monya_43  6 months ago

    The obvious thing is that Petey is now down in a hole and can’t get himself out.

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    willie_mctell  6 months ago

    I think the minimal assumption is that Petey likes to dig holes.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku Premium Member 6 months ago

    Those Jack Russells: If bored for a minute they will find or invent a task.

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    mindjob  6 months ago

    I never knew the appeal of a sleeping Bigfoot tribe, until now

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    Godfreydaniel  6 months ago

    Bigfoots sleeping in the hole is at least plausible, but yetis sleeping there would just be silly!

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    DM2860  6 months ago

    Since the horse can talk with Petey and Danae, the obvious solution is to ask the horse.

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    swenbu Premium Member 6 months ago

    These last couple strips have been great because they’ve elicited so many very humorous responses! Thanks to you all, as well as Wiley!!

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    goboboyd  6 months ago

    He smelled something fetid to roll in.

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    dflak  6 months ago

    Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation that adequately explains an event is most likely true.

    Murphey’s blunt instrument – the explanation that involves the longest sequence of improbable events and has the most conspirators is most likely to be believed.

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    T...  6 months ago

    Occam’s razor, when Occam opened the box he saw the cat had slit it’s own throat with the razor…

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    NWdryad  6 months ago

    Jack Russell terrier is all you need to know.

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    Nuliajuk  6 months ago

    Last time I used one of Occam’s razors to shave my legs, I kept nicking my ankles and bleeding. Went back to my usual brand.

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    Redd Panda  6 months ago

    Hey! Maybe he found Morlocks? Could be.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 6 months ago

    My friends have always had Jack Russell’s; pretty sure Danae is right in this instance.

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    Mostly Water Premium Member 6 months ago

    Occam’s razor is absolute nonsense.

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    EdmundBabe  6 months ago

    And just by capitalizing the opposite is true.

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    eddi-TBH  6 months ago

    He does that deliberately to see the look on their faces.

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    Isenthor1978  6 months ago

    Danae: “Why did you dig a hole?” Petey: “Because it wasn’t there.”

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    Say What?  6 months ago

    Speaking of being in a deep hole, tRump was indicted on federal charges today.

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    freshmeet2030  6 months ago

    Did he turn qupublican?

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    DaBump Premium Member 6 months ago

    the interpretation and application of Occam’s razor can be quite controversial.

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