“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
– Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Vally Mystery
It may sound counter-intuitive, but things that are staring constantly right in the face tend to be the ones that fly pass our minds .
Maybe it’s in our post-Edenic nature to want to search for alternative (and more sensational) explanations for everything when there are obvious ones in front of us. We find it hard to accept that answers can actually be simple and straightforward.
There is a principle in problem-solving called The Occam Razor which states (in layman term) “… when you have two competing theories that make the same predictions, choose the the simpler one.” Of course, the more complicated theory may eventually proved to be correct, but in most cases, it is a good general guideline to follow.