Local Simplicity Matters…A Lot (MG)

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  • #28723
    Max Guernsey
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    #28730
    Max Guernsey
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    So which is “better”. A complex system made up of simple things or a simple system made up of complex things?

    Is that the point you are trying to make? If so, I think it gets lost a little.

    #28734
    Max Guernsey
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    A system made of simple things is better than one made of complex things. If someone has to delude themselves into thinking that the system is getting more complex in the process of simplifying its parts, that’s okay with me.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by Max Guernsey.
    #28738
    Max Guernsey
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    How could I help people find that point more easily? Alternatively, what is it that you think is occluding or obfuscating the point I’m trying to make?

    #28740
    Max Guernsey
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    I wouldn’t use the term “delude”. It’s not necessarily a universal truth.

    #28743
    Max Guernsey
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    Yeah. I suppose they can do it wrong and increase global complexity in order to lower local complexity. In that case, it’s not a delusion.

    The schism between the reality (one as objective as you can have within the constraints delineated by Descartes) and belief is still there but, in that case, it’s ignorance rather than delusion.

    I’d love to hear an example where lowering local complexity mandated an increase in global complexity. All I’ve ever seen is that the natural complexity of a problem is more honestly recognized in the larger design, not that adding complexity is required.

    That said, you’re right. The word “delude” was unnecessarily narrow. You see enough people splat after jumping off a bridge and you start to think maybe jumping off bridges is crazy and that people who do it are, too. You forget that maybe some of them just don’t know what’s over the edge.

    #28772
    Max Guernsey
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    You’re making a viable point, but I sort of got lost in the wordage.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by Max Guernsey.
    #28774
    Max Guernsey
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    Well, I can’t edit the above reply after i have modified it… WTF?

    Anyway, i find it amusing that i actually complained that your blog is too complex….

    #28777
    Max Guernsey
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    That’s probably true, Amir. What I’m looking for is how can I increase the percentage of readers who get what I’m saying on the first try.

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