Razors

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I have two solutions that are equally attractive, which one should I choose?”

“The more beautiful one.”


Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What are razors?”

“It’s a model inspired by what I call ‘the two classic razors’: Occam’s Razor and Hanlon’s Razor.”

“Remind me what they are.”

“Occam’s Razor says that the simpler explanation is more likely to be correct.

Hanlon’s Razor says that we should never attribute to malice that which can be more adequately attributed to human fallibility. It’s meant to combat the fundamental attribution error cognitive bias, our tendency to explain the actions of others in terms of internal factors, and our own actions in terms of external factors outside our control.

Anything that helps you decide between alternatives can be metaphorically thought of as a razor.

“Can you give a few more examples?”

“You can use Beauty as a razor.

Which is the more beautiful option?

You can use Leverage as a razor.

Which is the highest-leverage option?

You can use Learning as a razor.

Which is the harder choice?
Which option has the highest learning potential?

You can use Long-Term Thinking as a razor.

Which option is future-proof?”

About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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