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Comment author: AspiringRationalist 19 July 2012 08:27:00PM 16 points [-]

A related epistemology that is popular in the business world is PowerPointificationism, which holds that the truth of a proposition should be evaluated by how easily it can be expressed in PowerPoint. Due to the nature of PowerPoint as a means of expression, this epistemology often produces results similar to those of Occam's sand-blaster, which holds that the simplest explanation is the correct one (note that unlike Occam's razor, Occam's sand-blaster does not require that the explanation be consistent with observation).

Comment author: TheOtherDave 19 July 2012 08:56:04PM 5 points [-]

Occam's sand-blaster, which holds that the simplest explanation is the correct one (note that unlike Occam's razor, Occam's sand-blaster does not require that the explanation be consistent with observation).

...and I just spit coffee on my keyboard.

That's marvelous... is that original with you?

Comment author: fubarobfusco 15 September 2012 05:45:14PM 0 points [-]

I take it you're familiar with Edward Tufte's "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint"?