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Why Simple Problems Are More Difficult To Solve

Have you ever been in a meeting in which most of the time was consumed by very simple problems that weren’t worth talking about, while the more serious problems were discussed less? I’ve had my own share of that experience, too.

This is called the bike shed effect, which is also known as the Law of Triviality, which states that “the amount of discussion is inversely proportional to the complexity of the topic.”

Put into plain English, this means that the simpler an issue, the more debate it attracts.

Why are simpler issues harder to solve over more complex ones? Psychology Today provides us with five reasons and also advice on how to handle these simple problems.

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I have a wacky idea as to why simple problems can't be solved. Every human alive is different based on the hour/day/month/year they are born. By design of nature - determinism - you're not supposed to have synergy with most people. You ask most people if they believe this, they will say no. Then you ask what they believe. They either have nothing in response, or something not well thought out. Most humans are literally not living in reality. As Scott Adams would probably say "One doesn't need to understand ones environment to thrive".
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