“A man can have as many diseases as he damn well pleases.”

A while ago, in an apartment with friends in Melbourne. The weather much too rainy. Our souls much too battered. But, happy nonetheless to be together again and to be ‘away’.

These weekends – which don’t happen often enough (but also perhaps happen just exactly when they’re needed) – often turn into talk-fests of the best kind. Guaranteed at least one of us is at some kind of crossroads or needing to shake something up or release something.

I don’t recall exactly but I suspect one of these conversations led to the questions – But, is there a competing or opposite theory to Occam’s Razor? Do I really have to accept that this simplest of explanations for something must necessarily be true?

And lo and behold, Hickam’s Dictum.*

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