Simple Solutions for Complex Problems

Are they often effective?

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Sometimes the solutions to complex problems in our human past have seemed, in retrospect, to be surprisingly simple. I could mention many examples, from the legend of Alexander the Great cutting the Gordian Knot with his sword, to Copernicus and Galileo simplifying our understanding of the universe by propounding the heliocentric idea of the solar system, to Darwin’s…



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Jim Mason

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