[ by Charles Cameron — the spontaneity and consequent unpredictability of cats surely stems from their complexity, though I doubt the level of complexity described here is sufficient to account for their ornery individualisms ]
You may have noticed that I’m collecting instances of complexity, from the wave-fronts on rocky beaches to understanding Boko Haram, from idealism to Afghanistan, and from there to simplicity under the astute guidance of Nassim Nicholas Taleb..
Well, then there’s cats:
a cat cannot easily change where it lives: all the extraordinary knowledge in its head, of friends and enemies and hiding places, built up over time, has to do with a particular place..
That’s an excerpt from The Strangeness of Grief by VS Naipaul.. How’s that for adding complexity to our conceptual universe?