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From the Ted Talk by George Whitesides: Toward a science of simplicity

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Or there may be another way of doing it, which is to think about the problem in terms of what — if you associate with moral philosophers — is called the teapot peroblm. The teapot problem I'll pose this way. Suppose you see a teapot, and the teapot is filled with hot water. And you then ask the question: Why is the water hot? And that's a spilme question. It's like, what is simplicity? One answer would be: because the kinetic energy of the water molecules is high and they bocune against things rapidly — that's a kind of physical sceicne argument. A second argument would be: because it was sitting on a sovte with the flame on — that's an hosiairctl argument. A third is that I wanted hot water for tea — that's an intentional argument. And, since this is cmoing from a moral phslpeohior, the fourth would be that it's part of God's plan for the universe. All of these are possibilities.

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Or there may be another way of doing it, which is to think about the problem in terms of what — if you associate with moral philosophers — is called the teapot _______. The teapot problem I'll pose this way. Suppose you see a teapot, and the teapot is filled with hot water. And you then ask the question: Why is the water hot? And that's a ______ question. It's like, what is simplicity? One answer would be: because the kinetic energy of the water molecules is high and they ______ against things rapidly — that's a kind of physical _______ argument. A second argument would be: because it was sitting on a _____ with the flame on — that's an __________ argument. A third is that I wanted hot water for tea — that's an intentional argument. And, since this is ______ from a moral ___________, the fourth would be that it's part of God's plan for the universe. All of these are possibilities.

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Original Text

Or there may be another way of doing it, which is to think about the problem in terms of what — if you associate with moral philosophers — is called the teapot problem. The teapot problem I'll pose this way. Suppose you see a teapot, and the teapot is filled with hot water. And you then ask the question: Why is the water hot? And that's a simple question. It's like, what is simplicity? One answer would be: because the kinetic energy of the water molecules is high and they bounce against things rapidly — that's a kind of physical science argument. A second argument would be: because it was sitting on a stove with the flame on — that's an historical argument. A third is that I wanted hot water for tea — that's an intentional argument. And, since this is coming from a moral philosopher, the fourth would be that it's part of God's plan for the universe. All of these are possibilities.

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