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Sweet Simplicity: An Exploration of the Simple and the Complex Philip A. Yaffe

Sweet Simplicity: An Exploration of the Simple and the Complex

Philip A. Yaffe

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Have you ever gone to a restaurant and when asked about it later, you said The food was simple but good? Or gone to an art gallery and said The sculptures were simple but memorable? Or read a book and said The writing was simple butMoreHave you ever gone to a restaurant and when asked about it later, you said The food was simple but good? Or gone to an art gallery and said The sculptures were simple but memorable? Or read a book and said The writing was simple but entertaining?You probably dont realize it, but every time you use this turn of phrase, you are betraying a prejudice, i.e. that simple and good are virtially opposites. If it is simple, it is unlikely to be good- if it is good, it is unlikely to be simple. The fact is, simple things are often the best. What you should really be saying is that it was simple and good. Or perhaps more to the point, It was simple, which is why it was good.This is the theme of this book It is largely a collection the authors essays over several years- the value of simplicity is the leitmotiv running through all of them.I didnt planed it that way- however, when I was recently asked how I get ideas for my ebooks. I said I really didnt know. They just came. I then suddenly realized that whether on topics of science, political philosophy, language learning, etc., there was a common thread running through them: a search for simplicity.The book is divided into five major chapters• Essence of Simplicity• Simplicity in Writing• Simplicity in Speaking• Simplicity in Science and Logical Thinking• Simplicity in Daily LifeFor many people, the past may seem to have been simpler and less complex than the present. For example, in the good old days a telephone was just a telephone. Today, it may also be used for telling time, taking pictures, playing games, getting news reports, etc. Each of these applications requires some knowledge of how to make them work: but you are not required to use them. If you just want to make telephone calls, nothing has really changed, except that you now carry your telephone with you. This is certainly simpler than having to look for one when you need it, and ensuring that you have sufficient coins to make it operate.The five principal chapters are augmented by an eight-part appendix covering topics such as simple techniques for writing and speaking clearly and concisely, the simple concepts that underlie basic science, and simple rules of logical thinking vs. illogical thinking.You may be puzzled by the claim that logical thinking is simpler than illogical thinking. This is because illogical thinking is not thinking at all. It is a perfect example of confusing simplicity with simplistic. Because Illogical thinking so often leads to false ideas and conclusions (occasionally you can get lucky), it is largely a waste of time. By contrast, logical thinking almost always leads to correct ideas and conclusions, so it is never a waste of time.Another key appendix is The United States Constitution: Simplified and Updated for the 21st Century. If the United States Constitution were written today, it would have pretty much the same content as the original but would look different, be organized differently, and would be considerably easier to understand.The simplified and updated Constitution excludes all text deleted by amendments from the original Constitution and all text rendered invalid by legislation, historical events, or other factors. The list of amendments, of which there are 27 in the original Constitution, has been entirely integrated into the main text.The simplified and updated Constitution has also been somewhat reorganized.There is a misconception that the Bill of Rights, the collective name of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, spells out all the rights and freedoms of the people.