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People love simplicity

January 11, 2008

People love simplicity.

Have you ever read halfway through a movie review and then skipped to the end to find out whether the movie got a thumbs up or a thumbs down?

Have you ever paged through a car magazine checking out how many stars every car received?

Have you ever sat with a friend rating the guys or girls you both know on a scale of 1 to 10?

Movies, cars, guys, and girls are complicated.  There’s so much to understand.  But people love simplicity.  I’m sure you, like me, feel a sense of relief when you can reduce all of that complexity down to something small enough to carry in your pocket.

Logic was invented with this need in mind.  With logic you can take a complicated statement in English and write it with just a few and, or, and not symbols, and reduce the sentence to a single truth value: either True or False.

Logic for Dummies by Mark Zegarelli