On Complexity

“As a general rule, wherever you find a large group of people who are baffled by complexity, you will find a smaller group of people making a good living screwing them."

Scott Adams, cartoonist and creator of Dilbert

“One of the great mind-destroyers of college education is the belief that if it’s very complex, it’s very profound."

Dennis Prager, radio talkshow host

“Dealing with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time, attention and mental energy. There is never any justification for things being complex when they could be simple."

Edward de Bono, creativity expert

“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves."

Edwin Way Teale, naturalist, photographer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The American Seasons

“Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it."/p> Alan Perlis, computer scientist at Yale University


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Published: October 14, 2008Last updated: October 14, 2008

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