This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful And Elegant Theories Of How The World Works delves into some very basic principles for how things work in the real world, and includes practical examples and precepts like the law of unintended consequences.
According to the material collected in the book. simplicity attracts and connects other successful ideas because underlying principles are easy for large numbers of people to grasp and apply. An explanation of the law of unintended consequences holds true in actual practice. For instance, changes to complex systems with many interacting parts are hard to predict. This is the classic problem with biological processes like DNA, the genetic code and stem cell implantation.
The book puts forth the belief that coincidence is rare in practice. People formulate beliefs from their own personal experience confirmed by interfacing with the environment within a well defined periphery or frame of reference. A corollary is that reinforced learning is passed down through a complex evolutionary process.
The book presents a very interesting hypothesis as to how the brain works: the brain, it explains, makes decisions through iterative event synthesis based upon experience exceeding a judgmental threshold. In addition, the author shows how species with limited frames of reference concentrate and populate in areas away from the largest numbers of species.
This Explains Everything is an important treatise on how the world works in real terms. Its explanations are not tautologies; however, the examples cited comport with classic problem areas in the natural sciences and engineering. The contents of this book could provide for some very interesting scientific and philosophical debates on the nature of how things operate.