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Thu Aug 24, 2017, 09:56 AM

82. Ockham.

He was a Franciscan Friar, in a time when, from a higher learning standpoint (doctorate/graduate type school), you could be a doctor, a lawyer, or a theologian. There weren't any Philosopher tracks.

Having chosen theology major, he then delved into philosophical issues. Ontological and cosmological proofs, infinite regression theory, etc. All with incomplete middle age cosmological data. He did quite well, given the understanding of the universe at the time, but given that his variables were incomplete, Ockham's Razor will produce inaccurate results. If your starting point is the world must have been created, any further application of the Razor to the nature of that god may be inaccurate, because you've assumed a condition that isn't proven.

William of Ockham asked questions and postulated philosophical theories that resulted in him being summoned to a papal court and interrogated in something like what we'd call a Grand Jury today. It returned the result we'd call no-bill today. He escaped a full trial, and sufficiently frightened, avoided philosophical politics for the rest of his career. He almost went down the same road as Giordano Bruno.

Sad really. He delved into a field that I hold true today, based on my understanding of the universe and our place in it. I am a Metaphysical Libertarian, because the universe appears to be indeterminate, and I appear to have free will.

We'd be so far advanced today, had not The Church(TM) muzzled and killed people like Bruno and William.

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