Saturday, 28 August 2010

Morning Scepticism: Sherlock

Of the sceptical lessons contained within Sherlock Holmes, the assertion that "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" is a lousy way to do scepticism. You can never get to the truth that way because there are an infinite number of explanations that would need to be considered and dismissed. It's getting the process backwards! A more sensible approach would be to use Occam's razor and stay away from that pesky t-word.

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