I remember it. It’s a doubly odd memory. Back in 1994, I needed to create an AOL screenname to replace my old one, as I had let my 1989 AOL (PC-Link) account go bad or maybe they made me start a new Acct because they were shutting down PC-Link entirely to encompass their expanded Internet capabilities.
Regardless, I needed a new name.
At the time, what’s like now, I was fascinated by the relationship between complexity and simplicity in a number of different fields.
One field of interest at the time was theology. Despite all the strange warnings not to try in old manuscripts, I decided I would simplify 3 in a nonmathematical fashion.
I was going to understand the nature of the Trinity.
This was somewhat similar to an earlier attempt to understand the behaviors of electrons and photons and quarks and their Möbius strip like ways both with each other and how they influence and are influenced by environment and our part in it.
And so, simplify3 became that screenname, and to this day I still use it in various places, 23 years later.
Did I Simplify 3? I did. It’s not a mathematical simplification with the elimination of variables though. It’s not scientific (bacon) reductionism. Rather it’s the simplification that comes from gaining comprehension of a certain kind.
It’s akin to having an awareness of subjective and objective space simultaneously, similar to the process that happens when you watch a movie and get involved in the story while losing yourself, while also remaining in the seat, forgetting your popcorn and the stickiness of the movie floor at the time, except you become the movie that you’re watching.