Heron's beard: the long-lost counterpart of Occam's razor
I was always thinking about what is missing from the typical rational thinking. I didn't knew what it is, only that it's missing. And finally I found someone who expressed it in words.
It's Heron's beard!
You guys are more than familiar with Occam's razor. Now it's the time to learn about the Heron's beard. I must emphasize, it is necessary to use both, not one instead of another. Credit for this method of thought and research goes to South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry.
You can go directly to the article, or read a few excerpts first. For the record, the researcheress divides the reality on two worlds, physical and non-physical. For the purpose of her research, that's fine.
Because of all this, I hold to one cardinal principle: if you are aware of an ambiguous experience in which it is as if there are other world components, then it is a good thing to foster and elaborate the ambiguity, rather than try to reduce it and eliminate it sceptically.
My opposite principle is that it is wise to encourage an ambiguous experience to acquire luxurious growth in the direction of the complex and the occult, rather than rigorously cut it down to an awareness of the simple and the obvious. I will call this new principle Heron's beard
If you are too committed to the use of Occam's razor, you will cut an ambiguous experience short,and rush into a premature,usually reductionist, explanation. Better to indulge the experience a bit, nurture it and foster it with your attention. Postpone explanation until the experience declares itself more fully. Go with what seems, let the immediate phenomena unfold. Elaborate its content, and notice carefully what is going on before explaining it.
Beings who deserve worship don't demand it. Beings who demand worship don't deserve it.