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Bonini’s Paradox: Why Simple Rules Triumph In A Complex World

Louis Chew
4 min readDec 13, 2020

Bonini’s Paradox states that the more complete a model of a complex system, the less understandable it becomes. This is a useful concept to remember because the world is a complex place, filled with complex institutions and complex people.

Aphorisms aim to cut through such complexity. They are meant to be simple. Take “honesty is the best policy” for example…

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Louis Chew

I explore underappreciated ideas. Currently writing about tech and business in Southeast Asia - check out mathnotmagic.substack.com.