Why our desire for simplicity is often misguided

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The human brain craves simplicity. This is because an active brain can consume thirty percent of the body’s blood glucose and for most of our evolutionary history we needed that energy to power muscles to (i) escape from predators, and (ii) secure food supplies. So we are naturally predisposed to avoid thinking wherever possible. As simple ideas are far easier to cope with than…