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Simplicity, easiness and stupidity

Related: purity - anti-intellectualism - stupidity

Contrast: complexity

Definition

Simplicity is the property, condition, or quality of being simple or un-combined. It often conotes beauty, purity or clarity. Simple things are usually easier to explain and understand than complicated ones.

The opposite of simplicity is complexity. Simplicity can mean freedom from hardship, effort or confusion. It may also refer to a simple living lifestyle.

According to Occam's razor, all other things being equal, the simplest theory is the most likely to be true hence the importance of the concept of simplicity in epistemology. According to Thomas Aquinas, God is infinitely simple.

Simplicity (simplism) is sometimes used as a synonym or euphemism for stupidity.

Based on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplicity [Oct 2006]

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