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Michael Albert

I am largely convinced that the hardest part of comprehension, and even of creation, is very rarely the complexity of ideas, the actual difficulty of the intellectual task. The reason is, if something is really highly complex, it is pretty much impossible to understand or be creative about, or requires years – and thus people aren’t typically doing that.

Instead, the hardest part of comprehending some set of ideas of beliefs, or even generating new ones, is most often, in most situations, for most topics that people care about and can conceivably understand or be creative about – simply doing it. That is, the hardest part is stopping to think and doing so, for the time required – and, as well, doing so without being saddled by past beliefs and habits.