The Complicated Complexity Confusion Principle
Complexity is an objective quality of the real world. Complexity expresses itself in the wonderful behaviour of systems.
Complicated is a psycho-social phenomenon. It is a missmatch between the complexity of the world and our ability to understand and control it. Complications express themselves as confusion.
Confusing the two is the anti-pattern. It expresses itself in two ways.
- As an attempt to lower complication by reducing complexity. So reducing the functionality of the system.
- As an attempt to reduce complexity by simplifying its human representation. So creating a potentially dangerous ignorance of the system. This version is sometimes called Magical Simplification.