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LESS IS MORE

LESS IS MORE

I discovered that I had been intuitively using the less-is-more as aid in decision-making (contrary to the method of putting a series of pro-con side by side on a computer screen). For instance, if you have more than one reason to do something (choose a doctor or veterinarian, hire a gardener or an employee, marry a person, go on a trip), just don’t do it. It does not mean that one reason is better than two, just that by invoking more than one reason you are trying to convince yourself to do something. Obvious decisions require no more than a reason. Likewise the French army had a heuristic to suspect absenteeism explained by more than one reason, like death of grandmother, cold virus, and being bitten by a boar. If someone attacks a book or idea using more than one argument, you know it is not real: nobody says “he is a criminal, killed many people, and he also has bad table manner, bad breath and is also very poor at driving”.

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