vish wrote:you keep using that word
i don't think it means
what you think it means
Oh no, Inigo?
www.dictionary.com wrote:1. a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives.
2. any difficult or perplexing situation or problem.
I'm using it in the second, looser sense, not in the first, more restrictive sense. I suppose you could argue that if a "dilemma" turns out to be "simple", then it's not a dilemma. But until you can determine whether or not it's simple, you don't know if it's a dilemma or not, and it appears to be a dilemma.
RaptorAttack wrote:On the other hand, I wonder if this isn't just us reassuring ourselves that we're smart people? I mean, why is it smart to miss the simple solution, and then the person who points it out to you is the lucky idiot? (I know you were being tongue-in-cheek there, but I just thought it was interesting to think about).
Just pointing out a simple solution to a problem doesn't make you an idiot; it just sucks when the person who points out the simple solution also happens to be an idiot. Also, I don't think that smart people are more likely to overlook a simple solution, but they're more likely to spend hours looking for a more subtle solution if they have overlooked a simple solution.
RaptorAttack wrote:If you look at the two characters in the comic for instance, it could be that both characters are intelligent, but the guy just saw being locked out as the opportunity to find some complicated solution and show off, until the girl totally deflated him
Sure. The girl is not an idiot just because she saw the simple solution.