The Bustard’s fourth rule

Medieval brainbox William of Ockam (Surrey, England) said:

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. 

That is:

More things should not be used than are necessary.

When applied to philosophy or science: the simpler the explanation the better.

Applied to living on a crowded planet where mankind is breaching nature’s limits, the rule becomes:

Use the simplest technology possible consistent with your lasting well-being.

This is the Bustard’s fourth rule. Application of this rule to low-carbon living would surely put a pin in the balloon of unbridled techno-optimism.

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