Simplicity and Ontologies The trade-off between simplicity of theories and sophistication of ontologies

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Often, when people discuss the role of simplicity in science, they do not notice the trade-off between simplicity of ontology and simplicity of theory using an ontology. Einstein appears to have been emphasising simplicity of ontology (basic elements), though he might have included theory as well (basic axioms/assumptions)

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Aaron Sloman
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