Been talking to somebody near and dear to me last night – about the human need to reduce things to their essence. To build models. To simplify.
And something he said (thanks, F.!) rang so true with me that I got a pen and paper and made him repeat it:
Simplification is a projection.
In order to simplify something, it needs to have an inherent structure, and you need to understand this structure and simplify along it – otherwise you’re going to lose vital information, and you’ll most likely end up somewhere simpler, but wrong.
Now, just half a night later, I’m not yet sure about all the implications (examples? counter-examples?). But I know deep down that this beautifully captures some of what The Hidden Things is about.
And after waking up at 4.15 am this morning, still thinking about this conversation, I decided it’s profound enough to share with you right away. So…
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