Hanlon's razor

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Hanlon's razor is an adage or rule of thumb that states:[1]

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

Known in several other forms, it is a philosophical razor that suggests a way of eliminating unlikely explanations for human behavior. It is probably named after Robert J. Hanlon, who submitted the statement to Murphy's Law Book Two (1980).[1] Similar statements have been recorded since at least the 18th century.