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Complexity Quotes

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The march of science and technology does not imply
growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people.
It often means the opposite.
- Thomas Sowell

Related topics: Technology

I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that
is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
- Jaron Lanier

I have been interested in phenomena involving complexity,
diversity and evolution since I was a young boy.
- Murray Gell-Mann

We need to shift the paradigm from reactive technologies
to more integrative solutions that deal with the variety
and complexity of the threats that are out there today.
- John W. Thompson

 

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

Simplicity does not precede complexity,
but follows it.
- Alan Perlis

The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection
is the only theory we know of that is in principle
capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.
- Richard Dawkins

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Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders and even
chopsticks comes with an instruction manual.
Children, despite all their complexity,
do not.
- Lawrence Kutner

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me.
In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.
- Kenneth Tynan

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
- Christopher Alexander

Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves.
- Edwin Way Teale

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend
the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.
- Abdus Salam

Complexity that works is built up out of modules that work perfectly,
layered one over the other.
- Kevin Kelly

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
- Douglas Horton

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he
can be a much more simple person than he is;
he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.
- Atom Egoyan

We're all complex human beings, and if some of that
complexity shows through,
I think it's advantageous for the movie.
- Jan de Bont

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

The Mozilla project is big in terms of lines of code and complexity.
- Mitchell Baker

And so from that, I've always been fascinated with
the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity.
- Will Wright

The complexity of the emotional life of the play is
what you live to work on.
- Marsha Mason

I love to work.
I love to have complexity.
- Mary McDonnell

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

I don't really have preferred roles except those with some complexity.
- Richard Roxburgh

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

This growth in the number, speed of formation,
permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations
possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
- Edward Thorndike

The orthogonal features, when combined,
can explode into complexity.
- Yukihiro Matsumoto

Armageddon is not around the corner.
This is only what the people of violence want us to believe.
The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
- Michael Palin

We have a picture for how complexity arises,
because if the universe is computationally capable,
maybe we shouldn't be so surprised that things are
so entirely out of control.
- Seth Lloyd

Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture.
Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Fools ignore complexity.
Pragmatists suffer it.
Some can avoid it.
Geniuses remove it.
- Alan Perlis

It doesn't matter how much you want.
What really matters is how much you want it.
The extent and complexity of the problem does not matter
was much as does the willingness to solve it.
- Ralph Marston

Human beings, viewed as behaving systems,
are quite simple.
The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is
largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment
in which we find ourselves.
- Herbert Simon

I treat the photograph as a work of great complexity
in which you can find drama.
Add to that a careful composition of landscapes,
live photography, the right music and interviews with people,
and it becomes a style.
- Ken Burns

The Tax Code today is more complicated than ever,
and the very people on the Republican side who denounce
the Tax Code's complexity are the ones that put together
what they now call a convoluted monstrosity.
They put it into effect.
- Richard Neal

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

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

The truly privileged theories are not the ones referring
to any particular scale of size or complexity,
nor the ones situated at any particular level of the predictive hierarchy,
but the ones that contain the deepest explanations.
- David Deutsch

We need a President who is not afraid of complexity,
who believes in an open and tolerant society,
and who knows that the world can be made new again -
and that President is Al Gore.
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg

A graphic representation of data abstracted from the
banks of every computer in the human system.
Unthinkable complexity.
Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind,
clusters and constellations of data.
Like city lights, receding.
- William Gibson

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any
kind of respect or understanding,
by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of
its complexity so we can better understand it -
so we can help prevent it.
- Bryan Singer

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C,
I learned everything else on my own,
including studying computational complexity on my own.
That's more a function of my age than anything else though -
back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.
- Bram Cohen

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today... maybe I can take one step
on that profoundly complex path to peace.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Inferiority Complex:
a name for not loving yourself enough.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex...
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage
to move in the opposite direction.
- Albert Einstein

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For every complex problem,
there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
- H.L. Mencken

I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
- Jodie Foster

It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels
of reality in the narrative.
One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's
poisoned version of what took place.
- Gabriel Byrne

Nothing is perfect.
Life is messy.
Relationships are complex.
Outcomes are uncertain.
People are irrational.
- Hugh Mackay

Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex.
- Kevin Kelly

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented.
This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization.
- Adrienne Clarkson

Baseball just a came as simple as a ball and bat.
Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes.
A sport, a business and sometimes almost even a religion.
- Ernie Harwell

As the society has gotten larger and more complex,
individuals have lost their ability to influence any
of the institutions that affect their lives.
- Robert Teeter

The working classes were becoming more and more sharply
aware of the complex causes of international malaise.
- Leon Jouhaux

The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart,
it's insightful.
The way they can communicate a complex message in a
very short space is remarkable.
- Barack Obama

Man has made many machines, complex and cunning,
but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart?
- Pablo Casals

That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex,
fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
- Jock Sturges

A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one
who thinks he's just as good as everybody else.
- John B. Keane

All living things are gnarly, in that they inevitably
do things that are much more complex than one might have expected.
- Rudy Rucker

Since our complex societies are highly susceptible
to interferences and accidents,
they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt
disruption of normal activities.
- Jurgen Habermas

Writing a children's book means you cannot spin out
long narratives or have complex character development.
- Norman Macleod

The man of science, like the man of letters,
is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract,
selecting in his consideration only a single side of
our complex and many-sided being.
- James G. Frazer

The business schools reward difficult complex behavior
more than simple behavior,
but simple behavior is more effective.
- Warren Buffett

Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral
absolutes in a complex world.
- Berkeley Breathed

Always like to look on the optimistic side of life,
but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
Walt Disney Every decision you make is a mistake.
- Edward Dahlberg

By object is meant some element in the complex whole
that is defined in abstraction from the whole of which it is a distinction.
- John Dewey


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