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The Complicated Complexity Confusion Principle Complexity is an…

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.

  1. As an attempt to lower complication by reducing complexity. So reducing the functionality of the system. 
  2. 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.