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Me: "Why is assuming the existence of something complex rather than simple a violation of Occam's razor?"

Mapletree: "That's the DEFINITION of Occam's Razor."

Nope. Occam's razor has to do with preferring theories with the fewest number of assumptions. The more assumptions required in an explanation, the lower the probability of that explanation being correct.

In the case of the origin of the universe, we have the theist view that an intelligence created the universe.

The atheist view is that the big bang occurred spontaneously.

Two different proposals that each require whopping big assumptions. It's not clear to me which way the razor should favor. It was pretty clear to William of Ockham however as he was a theist.
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