The Difference between “Complicated” and “Complex” Matters

I stumbled upon this concise and precise essay on the topic of “complicated vs. complex.” Particularly “the potty training” example demonstrates so well what happens when the two clashes.

I could not have written it better. So I decided to reblog it.

Enjoy,

2 Replies to “The Difference between “Complicated” and “Complex” Matters”

  1. Soydanbay – 540-698 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada – I am a passionate brand consultant who has a rare ability to combine rational thinking and creative intelligence. I give my clients the freedom to express their brands and deliver compelling customer experiences. I love branding. Actually I am obsessed with it.
    Soydanbay says:

    Here is another great explanation by http://english.stackexchange.com/users/5095/bye:

    Complexity is intrinsic. Something is complex if it involves a lot of [metaphorical] moving parts even when considered as a Platonic ideal.

    Complication is extrinsic. Something is complicated by external influences, or because of external influences.

  2. Soydanbay – 540-698 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada – I am a passionate brand consultant who has a rare ability to combine rational thinking and creative intelligence. I give my clients the freedom to express their brands and deliver compelling customer experiences. I love branding. Actually I am obsessed with it.
    Soydanbay says:

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