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In the World of Ideas, How Do “Simple” and “Effective” Work Together?

Sometimes extremely effective ideas are “simple,” as Admiral Nelson described his Trafalgar battle plan.

Do you think that people, in the 21st century, value simple-but-effective approaches to problem solving? Explain your answer.

When we try to solve problems, do you think we sometimes overlook the simpler way in favor of more complicated solutions?  If so, do you think that approach has anything to do with the age of technology in which we live? Explain your answer.

What was “simple” about Admiral Nelson’s approach to the naval battle, against Napoleon and his Allies, at Trafalgar? What made his plan so effective?

Why is Admiral Nelson still considered one of Britain’s greatest national heroes?


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