Difference Between Accuracy And Simplicity

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Humans have long since tried to be accurate in figuring out how the world works in the natural sciences, as well as their record keeping in history. How easy to understand, natural, simple, can achieving this accuracy in knowledge be? The trade-off between accuracy and simplicity differs from the natural sciences area of knowledge (AOK) where the trade-off is limited, and history where the trade-off is unavoidable in the use of accuracy over simplicity.
The relationship between accuracy and simplicity in natural sciences are that they work together instead of against each other in a trade off. The way of knowing (WOK), language, is used for explaining things accurately in simple terms, while the WOK, reason, is used to think through things in simple ways and in trying to find the most efficient and logical solution to a problem. It is common for math and science to be perceived as complex subjects that require accuracy in data and numbers, as evidenced by the existence of the phrase, "It’s not rocket science.” This phrase is used when talking about an activity or concept that is not difficult to understand, something that is not as complex as rocket science. However, there is simplicity in how the data in science is acquired and how it presents itself. Much of the data acquired in science is from calculations made from equations, which in turn are made as rules for relationships that are used over and over again, becoming a template for future use. As such, most data is…
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