Simplexity: in systems theory a term for the emergence of simple features as a direct (though possibly highly intricate) consequence of a system of rules.
Cohen, J. & Stewart, I (1994)
The Collapse of Chaos: Discovering Simplicity in a Complex World
New York: Penguin, p399
We long for simplicity and satisfaction. Simplexity therefore stands for a balance between the growing complexity of daily life and our own personal satisfaction. In order to attain this state, we have to stop always striving to make optimal decisions. In the future, it will be more important to make judgments that are just good enough.
Professor Petter Wipperman (2006)
ARS Electronica, translated from German by Jennifer Taylor-Gaida
It scares you: all the noise, the rattling, the shaking. But the look on everybody’s face when you’re finished and packing, it’s the best smile in the world; and there’s nobody hurt, and the well’s under control.
‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is the slogan of the complacent, the arogant or the scared. It’s an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.