The Multiverse Theory Contradicts Occam’s Razor

By Eric Cicero

One explanation for the existence of the universe is the multiverse theory. But further examination reveals that it contradicts the Occam’s razor principle.

Before we begin, we must first define our terms. What is “Occam’s razor” and how does it apply to the multiverse theory? Do these two concepts contradict one another?

What is the Occam’s Razor Principle?

Occam’s razor (Ockham’s razor, Ocham’s razor or law of parsimony) is a problem solving principle coined by the English Franciscan friar William of Ockham. William of Ockham was a philosopher and theologian who lived from around 1287–1347 A.D.

The principle postulates that “entities should not be multiplied without necessity“. In other words, when deducing between multiple hypotheses regarding the same theory, the solution with the least amount of assumptions should be selected. Thus, Occam’s razor is a form of abductive reasoning which can be summed up as…
 

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The Multiverse Theory Contradicts Occam’s Razor