Limerick on Heinlein’s Razor

My first thought was that he was horrid.
The language he used was quite florid.
Perhaps he was mean
or not very keen–
is it wrong just to say he was stupid?

Steve Shoemaker’s limerickized version of Heinlein’s razor (sometimes called Hanlon’s razor): “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.”

2 thoughts on “Limerick on Heinlein’s Razor

  1. My understanding – and I found this post whilst trying to confirm it – is that Hanlon’s Razor is the first bit: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” And apparently we call it Heinlein’s Razor if it goes: “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.” I’m still trying to be able to rule definitively, but I like having both options available. Glad to see you’re limericking – keep it alive!

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