Oh that Ockham guy inspires aplenty.
Mr John Scalzi has been lamenting about his works being rejected by publishers. He attributes his bad luck to what he calls, the 'Occam's Razor Theory of Literary Rejection, which is: All things being equal, the simplest reason that your work has been rejected is usually the correct one.'
For example, let's say I am an unpublished male writer whose work is continually rejected by publishers. Which of these two reasons is more likely?
1. There is a vast and grand conspiracy within the publishing industry, engineered by women, to keep men from being published;
2. My work isn't worth being published.
I'm inspired, as I was worrying about about why so many books have been disallowed.
OK. So it's out here. I'm a lot more than worried. Some idiots obviously have been fooling around while they sit ignorantly on their moral high horses.
In fact, let's all worry,
lament and wonder about how parents can rightfully educate their kids on the birds and bees when even an educational resource like How to Talk to Your Child About Sex: It's Best to Start Early, But It's Never Too Late : a Step-by-Step Guide for Every Age is banned. Oh my, did you see that: a book on breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Your Baby: Revised Edition is not suitable for our people.
I wonder if these people actually know what exactly they're taking off our bookshelves. These titles, they're amounting to bit more than a huge loss, we want to cry, but there's no point to it. Milk is spilt, and I don't want to lament the loss anymore. Nah. I just want to think a little bit more and try to figure out just why are these people doing this. I took the easy way out.
I think Occam must be right. He has got to be, attributing everything to the simplest explanation around. So it's either
1. The people in this country are immature and therefore difficult books like Disney's Counting Adventures Sound Activity Book are too hard for us to take. We'll probably learn to count and make awful sounds in our immature activities. Therefore, the books MUST BE BANNED.
2. The people on that Board can't read English.
Having (2) as a reason, it's highly probable that that is the reason for the banning of as many books as possible. How else can you stop the rest of the country from becoming better readers than them? OMG it's so obvious. You see, if the masses get to read, we'll inevitably brush up our English skills, hence become more widely-read than those people on the board. When that happens how do you suppose those people could hold on to their jobs any longer?
Upholding simplicity AND logic, it's pretty obvious (2) is the BEST answer.
And our ministers were talking about 20,000 Year 6 pupils NOT BEING ABLE TO READ AND WRITE WELL? And getting worried about it?