The Problem With Using A Simple Approach To Diversity & Inclusion

The simplest explanation is often the best explanation 

Find out if that’s true when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion

Here are some key messages from this episode:

  • Why we want Diversity & Inclusion to be simple
  • A powerful principle to help your decision making
  • Why a Simple Approach can be unhelpful and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily

So if you’ve got two or more theories to explain an outcome; you should choose the most simple theory, the most simple explanation, the one with the least moving parts. You want to avoid multiplying entities if it’s unnecessary

Sometimes it’s necessary to multiply entities

It can be hiding place for considering other options, it can imply that you already have the answers and this can also be used as a way to ignore some of the complexities of the world we live in

All things are rarely equal

This is a situation that’s rare in science, but imagine that in the social world. The world we inhabit, not only is it difficult to claim the results are the same but all other things are rarely equal

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

What is Occam’s Razor?

How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Getting Cut

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