Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Fallacy of Simple

It's human nature to look at something and to try to simplify it. We make those judgements in a split second, often without even realizing it.

Perhaps a more enlightened being would understand it differently. Maybe the seemingly simple things just aren't as simple as they seem on the surface. The doctor may seem to leave you fuming in the waiting room for 20 minutes after your appointment time not because he is careless, or unorganized but because of some seemingly small government-imposed regulation makes it so.

In Malcom Gladwell's book The Outliers, he does an fascinating job of illustrating how something simple or seemingly unrelated can indeed have a huge outcome on a situation or a town or even a nation.

Could our nation now be realizing the unintended consequences of decisions made 40 years ago?

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