Day 210: How complexity leads to simplicity

Does complex always equal complicated?
Eric Berlow is an ecologist who studies the interconnectedness of species. From nature studies, they’ve learnt some key points about complexity. First is the power of good visualisation tools. Secondly, they’ve learnt the importance of examining the whole ecosystem rather than focusing on one particular part.
With these ideas in mind, Berlow tells us to embrace complexity and presents what he terms, ‘the world’s simplest spaghetti diagram.’In 24 seconds of looking at this, simple answers may emerge. His message? The more you can zoom out and look at complexity, the better your chances are of zooming in on the simple details that matter most.


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