Parsimony “the simplest model/theory with the least assumptions and variables but with greatest explanatory power.” Digging deeper into anthropomorphism, there is a popular parsimony dividing into EITHER cognitive OR evolutionary, called “Morgan’s Canon” from the 19th century. * However, there are other possible parsimonies^. I’m going to look deeper into these if there is more material on them: • Ontological Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that posits the fewest total number of cognitive processes. • Iteration Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that requires the fewest number of iterations of the processes postulated. • Memory Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that places the smallest burden upon the animal ’ s memory. • Parsimony of Evolutionary Change: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that entails the fewest number of evolutionary changes in order to explain the behaviour observed and the behaviour of other organisms. • Parsimony of Explanations: given the choice we should utilise similar psychological explanations for similar behaviour. *Morgan’s Canon “In no case is an animal activity to be interpreted in terms of higher psychological processes if it can be fairly interpreted in terms of processes which stand lower in the scale of psychological evolution and development. ^Source for other parsimonies in context: https://philosophy.dept.shef.ac.uk/papers/Fitzpatrick_MorgansCanon.pdf

Parsimony “the simplest model/theory with the least assumptions and variables but with greatest explanatory power.”
 
Digging deeper into anthropomorphism, there is a popular parsimony dividing into EITHER cognitive OR evolutionary, called “Morgan’s Canon” from the 19th century. *
 
However, there are other possible parsimonies^. I’m going to look deeper into these if there is more material on them:
 
• Ontological Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that posits the fewest total number of cognitive processes.
 
• Iteration Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that requires the fewest number of iterations of the processes postulated.
 
• Memory Parsimony: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that places the smallest burden upon the animal ’ s memory.
 
• Parsimony of Evolutionary Change: given the choice we should adopt the explanation that entails the fewest number of evolutionary changes in order to explain the behaviour observed and the behaviour of other organisms.
 
• Parsimony of Explanations: given the choice we should utilise similar psychological explanations for similar behaviour.
 
*Morgan’s Canon
“In no case is an animal activity to be interpreted in terms of higher psychological processes if it can be fairly interpreted in terms of processes which stand lower in the scale of psychological evolution and development.
 
^Source for other parsimonies in context: https://philosophy.dept.shef.ac.uk/papers/Fitzpatrick_MorgansCanon.pdf

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