We all learned about Occam's Razor in science class. If you are like me, you then quickly forgot the concept. I rediscovered it the other night, after stumbling through various science articles during one of my new favorite pastimes, following my favorite app, StumbleUpon.
Over the past few years, I’ve been contemplating sustainability in my work at GeoEngineers and volunteer efforts with Engineers Without Borders. I think Occam’s Razor can help clarify how I think about sustainability and practice sustainable solutions, as I found in this article, What is Occam's Razor? The article's author, Phil Gibbs, states:
“The most useful statement of the principle for scientists is: ‘when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is better.’”
Isn’t this one of the keys to sustainability?