You should embrace Hanlon’s Razor — from Manage By Walking Around

Posted: August 10, 2017 in Business Management, Life
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Great little article, and well worth two minutes to read. Could change your day!

0 8 1 Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. This colourful phrase, called Hanlon’s Razor, explains that people aren’t always out to get us; sometimes they just make mistakes. It’s a practical application of Occam’s Razor which states that, everything else being equal, the simplest solution is usually the…

via You should embrace Hanlon’s Razor — Manage By Walking Around

  1. underwriiter505 says:

    And, maybe, a third possibility. It has never been resolved and may never be resolved whether humans perceive right and wrong through the faculty we call intelligence or rationality, or whether there is another faculty that perceives right and wrong. If it’s perceived through intelligence, it makes sense to say that something like the example is stupidity. If it isn’t, if there is another faculty, then it may be that faculty which is doing the failing. I’m not sure what to call it. It wouldn’t be malice if the intentions are to do good, no matter how miserable the failure.


  2. Pat says:

    William of Ockham was a Franciscan friar born around 1287 in Ockham, Surrey, who came up with the notion that all things being equal the simplest explanation was the most likely… and he is probably hated by conspiracy theorists for it. (I do hope none of them are right after all!).

    I do like ‘Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.’ There does indeed not appear to be any limit to human stupidity – and the current terrifying political situation would seem to prove that, God help us all!

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  3. Pat says:

    Interesting theory Underwriiter505 – that could explain how some evil people are intelligent and have absolutely no trace of a conscience whatsoever!

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