Simplicity versus Complexity
Einstein once said, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
Sometimes we look for complicated explanations to simple phenomena. People have found fantastic reasons for the Mystery Spot, despite evidence to the contrary. James Randi highlights another optical illusion hailed as a miracle and gives a great exposition on how the illusion works.
Other times we look for simple answers in complicated situations. President Bush had an epiphany that problems in the Middle East would go away as soon as Syria and Hezbollah “stop doing this shit.” Upon hearing the revelation, Hezbollah immediately stopped doing that shit, and peace reigned in the Middle East. As a student at Berkeley, I hear similar one sentence solutions to solving the city’s homeless problem. Maybe there are simple solutions, but I have yet to see any implemented successfully.