“If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs” – Derek Sivers
More knowledge sometimes leads to fewer results.
Artificial complexity is one reason for this. Artificial complexity is where we make topics more complex than needed.
Some things I have a tendency to overcomplicate include:
There are several interesting reasons for artificial complexity:
To escape artificial complexity, the trick is to recognise when the problem is simple. Ask yourself if you are falling prey to any of the causes for artificial complexity mentioned above. Are you creating complexity as an excuse for inaction or to prevent cognitive dissonance? Does anyone profit from this being complex? Do you secretly know the simple solution?
Being aware of artificial complexity equips you to recognise when it arises, and seek out simple solutions to escape it when it does.
“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius