Cube56 – How to Solve Complex Problems

Some problems are simple, then you have big complex problems.

Many look to solve complex problems through finding that one magic bullet to make everything sunshine & rainbows.

Tim Harford presents in a ted talk about a way to solve the most complex problems.


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Starting Questions:

  1. Is there a person, organization, government, or business that you have put too much dependence on?
  2. If you don’t have the time or resources to do all the experiments, how else could you find solutions to complex problems?
  3. Where are some examples where you have seen the “god complex”?
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Jonathan has a few foci in life: his family, helping people build organizations as a Coach, Adviser, Mentor, or Partner, and learning about success. Actively seeks opportunities to travel, sail, shoot pictures, play music & games, and create art.


  1. when i was first presented with the god complex, it was eye opening for me. now, thinking of abandoning it seems even more freeing, in a way. understanding that trial and error is actually quite a successful way of solving problems.
    i have been faced, especially recently, with realizing this fact. closely related to the comment on schools and how there are often multiple answers to a question, is where i am. often i feel as though i grew up with a ‘god complex’ all around me; although i wasn’t entirely aware of it (or that it had a title/name). now that i want to make my own decisions and find the solutions to things that i am facing, some cannot understand this way of thinking. i’ve not actually not gone off the deep end, or trying to grow up too quickly, as some may believe. and i’m not actually trying to oppose everything i’ve been taught. on the contrary; in doing so, i’m trying to live out and put into practice those lessons.
    granted, there are two sides to every coin, and more often than not i can clearly see both sides. through this starting cube, as well as many others, i have been challenged and able to look at things from a different perspective. but more importantly, through these cubes and my own life scenarios, i have been equipped to better face the (most complex) problems.

    • Thank you very much, Amber. Like you touched on, there are facts & some absolute truths that ground my world view, but I also understand that my knowledge is limited & big puzzles are often much more complex then first expected … to a level that no one person could comprehend all of it.

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