Quotations on Complexity

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Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.
- Christopher Alexander
(Keywords: Design, Environmental, Complexity, Problems)

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
(Keywords: Time, Attention, Being, Complexity, Energy, Justification, Waste)

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
(Keywords: Music, Work, People, Complexity, Drama, Photography, Right, Style)

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
(Keywords: Age, Father, Complexity, Programming, School)

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
(Keywords: Father, Being, Complexity, Folly)

Magneto has a whole lot of complexity to him. Emotionally, he's coming from a very damaged place. I like the ambivalence of it. I want the audience leaving the theater wondering, asking the questions themselves rather than being spoon-fed like a lot of these super-villain characters.
- Michael Fassbender
(Keywords: Being, Complexity, Questions, Theater, Want)

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
(Keywords: Banks, Complexity, Computer, Light, Mind)

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
(Keywords: Accidents, Complexity, Principles, Results, Understanding)

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
- Douglas Horton
(Keywords: Art, Complexity, Simplicity)

Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders and even chopsticks comes with an instruction manual. Children, despite all their complexity, do not.
- Lawrence Kutner
(Keywords: Airplanes, Children, Complexity, Kitchen)

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
(Keywords: Control, Complexity, Universe)

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
(Keywords: Society, Afghanistan, Complexity, Culture, Reason)

The complexity of the emotional life of the play is what you live to work on.
- Marsha Mason
(Keywords: Life, Work, Complexity, Play)

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
(Keywords: People, Complexity, Effect, Tax, Now, Republican, Today)

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
(Keywords: People, Hope, Complexity, Diversity, Future, Violence, Want, World)

From time immemorial, man has desired to comprehend the complexity of nature in terms of as few elementary concepts as possible.
- Abdus Salam
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Complexity, Man)

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
(Keywords: Society, Complexity, Open, President, World)

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
(Keywords: History, Movies, Complexity, Film, Literary)

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
(Keywords: Time, Behavior, Complexity, Environment, Reflection)

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
(Keywords: Science, Technology, People, Complexity, March)

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
(Keywords: Growth, Complexity, Man)

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow
(Keywords: Purpose, Ambiguity, Complexity, Present)

And so from that, I've always been fascinated with the idea that complexity can come out of such simplicity.
- Will Wright
(Keywords: Idea, Complexity, Simplicity)

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