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Of Parsimony and Ockham’s Razor

January 31, 2012

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“I offer no apology; I am the victim here, not a miscreant.”~ Joseph Rakofsky

Occam’s razor, also known as Ockham’s razor, or in Latin referred to as lex parsimoniae (the law of parsimony, economy or succinctness), is the principle that among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest new assumptions usually offers the correct one, and that the simplest explanation will be the most plausible until evidence is presented to prove it false.

My co-defendant and local counsel in the Rakofsky v. The Internet lawsuit, Eric Turkewitz has  posted a new update #4 which includes a new court filing by the plaintiff, Joseph Rakofsky:

Update #4, 1/31/12 – Rakofsky’s Reply to other defense opposition to the motion in the Appellate Division to lift the stay for him only. No response to our papers (which were served 1/26/12, one day before they were due to be served): RakofskyReply. The opposing papers to which he refers are here: Teschner  (Yampolsky) Opp and Weissman (Reuters) Opp

Some may describe Rakofsky’s Reply Affidavit and legal writing in uncharitable terms:

bewildering

Delphic

cryptic

enigmatic

fathomless

impenetrable

incognizable

inconceivable

inscrutable

mystifying

perplexing

puzzling

sibylline

unfathomable

ungraspable

unimaginable

unintelligible

unknowable

Not I. I merely report the facts in evidence. Yet, the correct adjective escapes me…Ah, yes, “incomprehensible”, or as in Rakofsky’s own words:

The subtleties of Rakofsky’s formidable legal argument and rhetorical flourishes are exemplified in the following precatory phrasing:

As Ken @ Popehat remarked on Twitter:

par·si·mo·ni·ous (pär s -m n – s). adj. Excessively sparing or frugal. par si·mo ni·ous·ly adv. par si·mo ni·ous·ness n.

Whatever one may think of Mr. Rakofsky or his lawsuit, one cannot call him parsimonious in his prose.

As Edmund Burke once said:

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.

Or, in the immortal words of Titus Livius:

There is nothing worse than being ashamed of parsimony or poverty.

The day of judicial reckoning fast approaches….

Previous Related Posts:

The Rakofsky Effect: It Actually Works!

October 26, 2011

1. My post coining the phrase based upon my reply to Nathan Burney on Twitter:

2.   Someone else then submits the phrase to The Urban Dictionary:


3.  Rakfosky then confirms the hypothesis and proves the theory by filing a new Notice of Motion and supporting Affidavit .As Eric Turkewitz, (co-defendant and local counsel assisting pro hac vice counsel Marc Randazza, representing 20 of the Rakfosky defendants) notes:

[Rakofsky] has now filed a motion to amend the complaint a second time, with a 300-page whopper including 1,248 paragraphs. He has 78 causes of action and demands, and, if my calculations are correct, he demands $145,000,000 in damages.

Part 1 of the proposed Second Amended Complaint is here and Part 2 is here.

4. Finally, it appears I am no longer the lone Canadian in this internet version of Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Welcome Canadian Lawyer Magazine and Reuters Canada as co-defendants! (see page 167 of the proposed Second Amended Complaint).

See also, Ken’s post at Popehat.com: The Tort of Internet Mobbing Is Perfect For Suing The Internet.


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