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The American Biology Teacher (2002) 64 (2): 107–109.
Published: 01 February 2002
... Razor& The Nature of Scientific Theories WILLIAM D. STANSFIELD he early 14th century philosopher William of Occam (Sahakian 1968, p. 116) is credited by his- torians for proposing that, in interpreting scientific data, the simplest explanation consistent with all the known facts is preferred as a...
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The American Biology Teacher (2014) 76 (2): 127–131.
Published: 01 February 2014
... . 2014 Phylogeny morphology parsimony clade cladistics polytomy synapomorphy Occam’s razor homoplasy homology node terminal node branch transition root natural taxon sister group out group References Elbroch, M. (2006). Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species...
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The American Biology Teacher (2010) 72 (2): 114–121.
Published: 01 February 2010
... analysis is the concept of parsimony. I begin the second 3-hour session with a class discussion of parsimony, an application of Occam's razor, which Campbell and Reece [2002] define as the search for the least complex explanation for an observed phenomenon. With regard to phylogenetic analysis, this...
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The American Biology Teacher (2008) 70 (6): 345–349.
Published: 01 August 2008
.... (1985). Mendel, the empiricist. Journal of Heredity, 76, 49-54. Orel, V. (1984). Mendel. New York: Oxford University Press. Stansfield, W.D. (2000). Death of a Rat: Understandings and Appreciations of Science. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Stansfield, W.D. (2002). Occam's razor and the...
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The American Biology Teacher (2003) 65 (9): 679–682.
Published: 01 November 2003
... parsimony is really an extension of one of the primary tenets of sci- ence: actualism, or Occam's Razor. Begin to solve each problem by invoking as few new causal elements as pos- sible. When you need to multiply causal agents (as they needed to in order to fit the ninth card into the game), minimize the...
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The American Biology Teacher (2002) 64 (9): 715–719.
Published: 01 November 2002
... Occam's Razor 2:107A Olfactory 3:208H Ospreys 5:386R Paramecium 5:369H Parasites & Evolution 7:549R Paternity Testing 1:40H,3:212H Pedigree Analysis 1:40H Penguins 5:387R Periodic Table 5:383C Pharmaceutical Regulations 7:495A Pharmacology 9:706R Photosynthesis 3:226C Pipette Washer 9:682H Plants 7:540B...
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The American Biology Teacher (2002) 64 (2): 89–155.
Published: 01 February 2002
... Razor & The Nature of Scientific Theories A basic principle of scientific methodology is exemplified through analysis of data from mouse breeding experiments involving coat colors. William D. Stansfield 107 How-To-Do-Its Learning About the Human Genome Project Via the Web: Internet Resources for Biology...
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The American Biology Teacher (1988) 50 (4): 208–212.
Published: 01 April 1988
...Yehudit Eisen; Ruth Stavy Copyright 1988 National Association of Biology Teachers References Baker, M. (1984). Have the kids borrowed Occam's razor? BP Recorder New Zealand, 181, 12-115. Baker 12 181 BP Recorder New Zealand 1984 Bell, B. (1985). Students' ideas about plant...
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The American Biology Teacher (1971) 33 (2): 112.
Published: 01 February 1971
... pseudoobscura," Heredity 1: 53-64) and thus requires one less "act of faith." Occam's Razor demands accepting the more demonstrable theory instead of inventing a more complex one. Many people would not accept the logic of the preceding paragraph, but that does not limit accep- tance of the principal argument...
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The American Biology Teacher (1971) 33 (2): 112.
Published: 01 February 1971
...) and thus requires one less "act of faith." Occam's Razor demands accepting the more demonstrable theory instead of inventing a more complex one. Many people would not accept the logic of the preceding paragraph, but that does not limit accep- tance of the principal argument: that the resolving power...
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The American Biology Teacher (1971) 33 (2): 112.
Published: 01 February 1971
...) and thus requires one less "act of faith." Occam's Razor demands accepting the more demonstrable theory instead of inventing a more complex one. Many people would not accept the logic of the preceding paragraph, but that does not limit accep- tance of the principal argument: that the resolving power...
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The American Biology Teacher (1972) 34 (6): 364.
Published: 01 September 1972
... his visual innovations but is to be faulted for letting too much hang out. Failure to apply Occam's Razor and to exercise selection has created another encyclopedic text. The fate of this vol- ume in the marketplace will be worth watching. If it is accepted, it could set a standard, of sorts, for the...
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The American Biology Teacher (1977) 39 (3): 142–154.
Published: 01 March 1977
... the mainstream of science, Robert Heinlein's 1970 comments seem appropriate: William of Occam's Razor. It's a name for a principle in logic; whenever two hypotheses both cover the facts, use the simpler of the two. When a conventional scientist has to strain his orthodox theories all out of shape...
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The American Biology Teacher (1977) 39 (7): 406–411.
Published: 01 October 1977
... throughout the war. By the time of Appomattox, many of his men were starved almost to the point of death. The "biochemical hypothesis," therefore, is a simple one, neatly shaved with Occam's razor. Lee's army invaded the North because it had no choice: it either had EIGHT LEGS TO APPOMATTOX 409 to move to a...
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The American Biology Teacher (1972) 34 (6): 363–364.
Published: 01 September 1972
... organism are contributions: the mystery author is to be commended for break- throughs in these subjects and for his visual innovations but is to be faulted for letting too much hang out. Failure to apply Occam's Razor and to exercise selection has created another encyclopedic text. The fate of this vol...
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The American Biology Teacher (1972) 34 (6): 364–367.
Published: 01 September 1972
... subjects and for his visual innovations but is to be faulted for letting too much hang out. Failure to apply Occam's Razor and to exercise selection has created another encyclopedic text. The fate of this vol- ume in the marketplace will be worth watching. If it is accepted, it could set a standard, of...