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Simple Or Complex? – Nerdful Mind #9

March 15, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Why is there so much fuzz around simplicity?

Simplicity means less complexity. Fewer things to understand and fewer items to maintain. Fewer decisions to make and fewer distractions from the current moment. Ultimately, more peace of mind.

You can invite simplicity into many areas of your life. In your personal life, simplicity can mean to get rid of most of the things you don't use. In programming, simplicity makes code easier to read and easier to maintain.

Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein

Reading Recommendations

4 Exercises That Can Help You Simplify Your Life - Personal Growth - Medium

"Go into your closet. Take all of your shirts and hang them so they’re all facing the same direction. When you’re done wearing one, hang it up so it’s facing the other direction so you have a ‘worn’…"

Complexity Bias: Why We Prefer Complicated to Simple

"Complexity bias is a logical fallacy that leads us to give undue credence to complex concepts. Faced with two competing hypotheses, we are likely to choose the most complex one."

Write Dumb Code

"The best way you can contribute to an open source project is to remove lines of code from it. We should endeavor to write code that a novice programmer can easily understand without explanation or that a maintainer can understand without significant time investment."

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

On your next walk outside, look at your neighborhood as if you were a tourist. Try to find 5 things you never noticed before.

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Simon

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