Creationism is obviously a lot more simple than evolution, but that does not make it right. I think that is why so many people buy into creationism and deny evolution. It is far easier to think God created humans than to grasp the concepts of a complex theory--in this case evolution.
I wonder if there are those that think that the more complex a theory it is, the more likely it is to be true. As for me, I tend to think that the more simple a theory is, the more likely it is to be true...
Life is not simple. People would like the explanation to life to be simple, but the fact is that it is not. Take the human eye for example. Simple would be God created it. But there are so many intricate things that must be correct for just the eye to function properly. If life was simple, we should be able to explain it with ease without ever resorting to copping out and saying that God must have created it.
Platonism is a terrible example of a system, because Plato never intended it to be a system to begin with, and people are taking metaphorical language too literally to attempt to systematize it. Now an example of a terrible ideological philosophical system is Hegel's. Just take one simple idea that he tries to complicate--the dialectic or making connections between ideas--into a horrible mess that makes it impossible to understand. Hegel is a classic example of obfuscation. You would do well to go back an reread Plato, and realize that much of what is discussed is held up with the question in mind, what is wrong with this picture?
Life is simple; explanations of life are complex. Life proceeds and is, regardless of our analysis of it; the only 'problems' are those that we create by seeking 'Truth.'
I think to say that life is simple is to belittle or depreciate it. Life is made up of many simple things, but as these things are combined, it becomes more and more complex--independently of out analysis of it.
I get what you are saying boagie. It seems that the simple/complex dichotomy are being used in two very different and distinct ways. The way I am using the dichotomy is from inside the system of evolution in that higher ordered organisms have more complex systems (e.g. brain, blood circulation system, digestion system). The way that BrightNoon is using the dichotomy is from an observer's perspective in that an observer's analysis determines what is simple or complex.