On simplicity

“I don’t understand this, it is too complex”.

Is it all the times related to the complexity of the item itself or it is related to something else?

We categorize something easy to understand and explain as being simple, while something more difficult to understand stands as being complex.

Nobel prize winner Herbert A Simon notes that: “On theoretical grounds we could expect complex systems to be hierarchies in a world in which complexity had to evolve from simplicity. In their dynamics, hierarchies have a property, near-decomposability, that greatly simplifies their behavior.” The author also mentions that something may be simple or complex depending on the way we choose to describe it.

On the other hand, it is very useful to know how the human brain perceives information and processes it. Well structured information, with clear steps described in a summarized way will make even the most complex systems look simple.

So, next time when you deal with a complex system think about it as a hierarchy and identify it’s components. Once you understood those, you will understand the entire system.

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