Shave Off Unlikely Explanations

When the Apostle James tells us to listen quickly and speak slowly, there are several applications that come to mind.

One could be a tendency to jump to a conclusion too quickly and speak too soon only to discover how wrong we are.

That makes me a fan of “philosophical razors” that “shave off unlikely explanations.”

For example, try:

Occam’s Razor: Simpler explanations are more likely to be correct.


Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. (I find that one useful when scrolling through social media threads.)


Hitchen’s Razor: What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. (Useful for avoiding arguments that will go nowhere.)

Some philosophy for staying out of trouble.

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