Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for August 10, 2020

  1. Missing large
    parforden  over 2 years ago

    Today’s strip is frighteningly on point.

     •  Reply
  2. Saywhat 2016
    Say What?  over 2 years ago

    The “simple but wrong” path advertised mask-free dining at the end of the trail.

     •  Reply
  3. Missing large
    nixie224  over 2 years ago

    From 2016. I knew it looked familiar.

     •  Reply
  4. E067 169 48
    Darsan54 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    It has to be said: portrait the GOP-rebuilt TeaParty Taliban.

     •  Reply
  5. Brain guy dancing hg clr
    Concretionist  over 2 years ago

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this one from Wiley. Still spot on…

     •  Reply
  6. Ufo not
    mr_sherman Premium Member over 2 years ago

    An oldie but a goodie.

     •  Reply
  7. Bead braid p
    I Mad Am I  over 2 years ago

    Good advice meme I have in my collection of wallpaper -


    Before you speak

    T is it True?

    H is it Helpful?

    I is it Inspiring?

    N is it Necessary?

    K is it Kind?"

     •  Reply
  8. Sammy on gocomics
    Say What Now‽ Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Simple, as in believing some magical being created and controls everything.

     •  Reply
  9. Samvadi fb
    in.amongst  over 2 years ago

    I am on the fence on this one. If you can’t explain to a 6yr old what your phd thesis is (especially hard sciences) – then you probably can’t explain anything. I generally find it exasperating when ppl start explanations with “It’s complicated…”. At the same time, whether one like it or no, the simplicity of the “Ten Commandments” (wrt agrarian soc.) is commendable.

     •  Reply
  10. Technoids
    hammytech  over 2 years ago
    Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.
     •  Reply
  11. Homer  invent that
    comic4matt  over 2 years ago

    Can’t help but notice that the ’’wrong’’ side goes ’’left’’.

     •  Reply
  12. Blackhawk
    WittyWeasel  over 2 years ago

    It’s called " culling the herd " . . . .

     •  Reply
  13. Fox avatar
    Alys France  over 2 years ago

    Science should never be thought of as “right”, just a workable explanation of the facts as we know them. Scientists have been wrong many, many times.

     •  Reply
  14. 2006 afl collingwood
    nosirrom  over 2 years ago

    The left arrow could say “Absolutes” and the right “Changing”. People are uncomfortable with change.

     •  Reply
  15. Out little avatar
    dadoctah  over 2 years ago

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood….

     •  Reply
  16. Animal bird feathers 158087
    jimchronister2016  over 2 years ago

    Thanks Wiley, another perfect example of your smarts!

     •  Reply
  17. Hold still i gotcha homie 28918 1250050600 0
    Aussie Down Under  over 2 years ago

    Of course there’s a third option that involves conspiracy theorists who believe they are right but are wrong.

     •  Reply
  18. 7a3d35b05103496eecec311170ba260d
    Pickled Pete  over 2 years ago

    The 50’s were a simpler time. Could be cuz I was just a kid, or maybe just too stupid to know any different.

     •  Reply
  19. Calvin   hobbes   playtime in snow avatar flipped
    Andrew Sleeth  over 2 years ago

    Narrow is the path and difficult is the journey …

     •  Reply
  20. Boston
    MS72  over 2 years ago

    Some use the road less travelled without knowing why. The rest have GPS. They know where they are going, just don’t care!

     •  Reply
  21. Screen shot 2018 03 18 at 6.31.33 am
    Dual  over 2 years ago

    This is a brilliant strip. Thank you

     •  Reply
  22. Missing large
    dflak  over 2 years ago

    I’ve said this before:

    Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation that adequately describes an event is most likely to be true.

    Murphy’s Blunt Instrument: The explanation that requires the most conspirators and the longest sequence of unlikely events is most likely to be believed.

     •  Reply
  23. Gocomic avatar
    sandpiper  over 2 years ago

    Eyes and ears covered, brain off. It’s the way of things

     •  Reply
  24. Desron14
    Masterskrain Premium Member over 2 years ago

    What else is there to say????

     •  Reply
  25. Crankyc
    franki_g  over 2 years ago

    the problem is:BOTH sides think they’re on the complicated path. Science deniers study complicated conspiracy theories, COVID “treatments”, and"decode" 45’s messages.

    Science believers find it complicated to sift through misinformation let alone trust ANY report, and fight against the deniers who sabotage preventative COVID measures.

     •  Reply
  26. Misty morning
    SavannahJim Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I just love that BOTH paths lead to the cliff’s edge.

     •  Reply
  27. Missing large
    johngregor Premium Member over 2 years ago

    In my experience, 90 times out of 100 things are “complicated” only because the explainer is trying to pull the wool over my eyes, 9 times out of 100 its because the explainer doesn’t really know what he is talking about, and 1 time out of 100 its about the Plot to the “Transformers” Cartoon.

     •  Reply
  28. Logo
    TwilightFaze  over 2 years ago

    Depends on what you consider complex. Most people just want it dumbed down to a few words in a sentence and that’s it. Others have the patience for an explanation.

     •  Reply
  29. Missing large
    Whatcouldgowrong  over 2 years ago

    As I approach the start of my octogenarian era, I have come to the conclusion that very few people enjoy thinking deeply, probing the premises and rationales underlying their beliefs, and accepting that everything they hold true may, in fact, be untrue. I’m a scientist, by nature and by training, and I’ve come to this position: “I know very, very little; and I believe nothing.” I’m comfortable living with total uncertainty, in a cold, indifferent universe. I have no need for a deity; I accept my existence as what it is, a manifestation of physics, chemistry and biology. When I want to better understand, I write essays. When I read them aloud, I know whether I’m lying to myself or not. I stay off the path of simple-minded certitude.

     •  Reply
  30. Missing large
    uniquename  over 2 years ago

    It kind of looks like the “Complex, but right” road is just a longer walk to the cliff.

     •  Reply
  31. Dr who weeping angel  1
    Blaidd Drwg Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Simple But Wrong: The GOP Platform, and ALL their candidates! True in 2016, more so today!

     •  Reply
  32. Photopictureresizer 190623 022710789 crop 2695x2695 1347x1347
    jvo  over 2 years ago

    We all drop off the cliff eventually but the complex path takes longer AND you get to enjoy a good book. Why rush to your conclusion, when the best part is in the getting there?

     •  Reply
  33. Atheism 007
    Michael G.  over 2 years ago

    " … an’ they all went to heaven in a little rowboat."

     •  Reply
  34. Canstock17308217
    BRO6164  over 2 years ago

    Notice that right is ‘right’ and left is ‘wrong’.

     •  Reply
  35. Missing large
    paul GROSS Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Science is not so much a matter of right vs wrong, but merely the best information we have at the moment. Science does not advance through consensus but disagreement and what we thought was “right” often turns out to be wrong. But that really is too complex for most, Wiley included.

     •  Reply
  36. Missing large
    rmbdot  over 2 years ago

    You’re at risk of pushing the false premises that “it must be complex to be right” and/or “if it’s simple, it must be wrong”

     •  Reply
  37. Profile msn
    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    This is exactly why executives love Power Point. Simple can easily be spun into “plausible deniability”.

     •  Reply
  38. Missing large
    richsunaz3642  over 2 years ago

    We have a 5 year old as president, you can’t tell him anything!

     •  Reply
  39. 690904ef 1e7c 4d36 a98a f46b185ca15f
    DCBakerEsq  over 2 years ago

    Gotta love America. Land of the free (to be ignorant).

     •  Reply
  40. 300px little nemo 1906 02 11 last panel
    lonecat  over 2 years ago

    This cartoon has roots in the ancient story of the Choice of Heracles, which goes back to the ancient Greek sophist Prodicus, as reported by Xenophon in the “Memorabilia”; Heracles is offered a choice between the easy path of Vice and the arduous path of Virtue.

     •  Reply
  41. Missing large
    cat3crazy Premium Member over 2 years ago

    The cartoon is about people wanting quick and simple answers, no matter if they are wrong, and not bothering to take the time to learn about the issue to come up with intelligent answers. It isn’t about the 10 commandments or being able to explain complicated theories to a young child.

     •  Reply
  42. Odin
    Holden Awn  over 2 years ago

    Simple but wrong is a LEFT turn…hmmm….

     •  Reply
  43. Mines
    Madzdad the bard  over 2 years ago

    I think “convenient” could be used instead of simple. Most, if not all, conspiracy theories are often very complex, even if beyond stupid.

     •  Reply
  44. Kirby close up with poppies behind   close cropped
    mistercatworks  over 2 years ago

    You have to have some background to understand the basics of science, which means education at an early age. I had a friend who hoped one day to create a philosophy that would encompass science and be understandable to everyone. I told her I often felt lucky if I could explain the concept of “toast”.

     •  Reply
  45. Missing large
    Rcwhiting  over 2 years ago

    It’s not about explaining something in simplistic terms. While it’s often the more simply answer will be correct, breaking down complex situations into overly simplistic characteristics will almost always yield incorrect analysis and assumptions. It’s more like conformational bias where you start with a specific position and then find data to support it. In this case you look for the simple perspective because it’s easier to rally behind. Simplification bias is as Equally wrong as conformational bias. A little like going to the doctor and have them focus on a pain in your foot and address the fact that you have diabetes because it was was easier to explain an infection rather than the more complex underlying issues.

     •  Reply
  46. Eagle 20picture
    carmichael7  over 2 years ago

    Shouldn’t the over the cliff gang be wearing their little red MAGA caps..??

     •  Reply
  47. Hipshotbellestarr
    scaeva Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Not quite right: Humans do not care whether an answer is simple or complex, as long as it is easy.

     •  Reply
  48. Bearfront
    paranormal  over 2 years ago

    Take the road less traveled…

     •  Reply
  49. Missing large
    thelordthygod666  over 2 years ago

    The NYTImes had a story yesterday about the conflict between doctors that reacted to treating flu patients based on their hunches, versus those that said only doing those controlled studies would tell us what really worked. Six months later all of the simple hunches & answers have been proved wrong and science is finding what actually works. Q.E.D.

     •  Reply
  50. Missing large
    Steven Stoops  over 2 years ago

    Pretty much explains Washington DC and pretty much every state capitol in the country (regardless of Red or Blue)

     •  Reply
  51. Plsa button
    Richard S Russell Premium Member over 2 years ago

    For any given complex, expensive, time-consuming problem there exists at least one simple, cheap, easy wrong answer.

     •  Reply
  52. Video snapshot
    Baslim the Beggar Premium Member over 2 years ago

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ’my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

    Isaac Asimov

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

    Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

    Bertrand Russell

     •  Reply
  53. Img 1754  2
    GiantShetlandPony  over 2 years ago

    Too late to catch the whole thing live, but the live news coverage on WGN, where the obviously right wing news was trying for gotcha moments and trying to change the narrative of what happened last night in Chicago, which has nothing to do with the peaceful protests for change, but oh, does the right want to feed that narrative. One even suggesting that shop owners should take the law into their own hands which would create more chaos, not less. So much for them supporting the police, even though 13 were injured while arresting and doing their job correctly. There was a shootout with police with an actual armed shooter, that may have been what the looters used as an excuse to loot.

    Peaceful protesters who want real change and merely want equality wait for the facts and protest peacefully, they do not loot.

    People that immediately run out and loot on false information in the middle of the night based on false information about a shooting. About 100 people were arrested and likely more will be as there are cameras everywhere these days. The police need help, but they don’t need vigilantes.

     •  Reply
  54. Missing large
    shorzy  over 2 years ago


     •  Reply
  55. Pupil
    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku  over 2 years ago

    It’s not like they weren’t warned. The signs are obvious!

     •  Reply
  56. Froggy with cat ears
    willie_mctell  over 2 years ago

    A lot of science is simple and straight forward.

     •  Reply
  57. Missing large
    jbruins84341  over 2 years ago

    So much for Occam’s Razor.

     •  Reply
  58. Gidney
    sperry532  over 2 years ago

    And below the end of the line to the left is a bunch of Wiley Bears wearing nothing but bibs and smiles.

     •  Reply
  59. Pulse
    jal333  over 2 years ago

    I believe that some of us don’t want to do the work, read, think, ask questions, research, read think, listen to others, ask more questions. That is how humans learn. Questions require answers. Answers require work, and sometimes life is complicated, but that is what lifelong learning and education mean, no?

     •  Reply
  60. Bbf8007d ac6d 41ee 9624 f898c076088e
    hfelder7219  over 2 years ago

    Maybe I’m seeing it wrong, but it looks like the right-hand path heads for the cliff too, just not as quickly!

     •  Reply
  61. Triumph
    Daeder  over 2 years ago

    Except the simple but wrong path should be on the ‘right’ and complex but right should be on the ‘left’.

     •  Reply
  62. Fox spirit animal 3
    eddi_tbh  over 2 years ago

    Right until further refinements are made. Old questions lead to new questions.

     •  Reply
  63. 3 stooges
    tee929  over 2 years ago

    To me it is a simpler concept-life isn’t necessarily easier and that road less traveled may be harder but the rewards greater; taking the easy way out has its own quick rewards and longer lasting downfalls…..or it is just the “lemmings to the sea”.

     •  Reply
  64. Missing large
    Schaller Handmade Knives  over 2 years ago

    The usual scientific explanation of why birds and airplanes fly is simple, but wrong. It is, however, a useful abstraction that is easy to work with when designing wings and aircraft. Science isn’t quite as concrete as the cartoonist thinks it is.

     •  Reply
  65. Missing large
    mychicanery  over 2 years ago

    I do believe people take the easy way out when looking for answers. Science is so often ignored when faced with rhetoric. Unfortunately, even those of science ignore that math is more absolute than science and will bend science to support their desired results (E.g. It is a proven mathematical impossibility ribozyme sequencing occurred by chance – 4^300)

     •  Reply
  66. Missing large
    morgankhat  over 2 years ago

    Looking at the “cartoon” for what it is, if you’re immersed in social (whatever the heck that is) media and follow it like lemmings, you take the left turn. If you’re an independent thinker, you take the right.

     •  Reply
  67. Camera1 016
    keenanthelibrarian  over 2 years ago

    Occam’s Razor says that often the simple solution is the best …

     •  Reply
  68. Cropped narragansett indian logo
    The Pro from Dover  over 2 years ago

    And this is how Hitler rose to power.

     •  Reply
  69. Trollspry
    Enter.Name.Here  over 2 years ago

    Perhaps instead of “simple” the left sign should say “The easy answers”. A good life is NEVER easy.

     •  Reply
  70. Photopictureresizer 190623 022710789 crop 2695x2695 1347x1347
    jvo  over 2 years ago

    I think Kaspersky (of the anti virus software) put it best.

    “People are stupid and lazy.”

    Most people will take the simple and easy path regardless of the consequences.

     •  Reply
  71. Missing large
    whelan_jj  over 2 years ago

    Science usually simplifies. It’s the complex conspiracy theory that’s usually wrong and the simple, but accurate explanation that’s right. The key in science is that “accurate” part.

     •  Reply
  72. Missing large
    whelan_jj  over 2 years ago

    “Simple” does not mean “wrong”, nor does “complex” mean “right”.

     •  Reply
  73. Catinnabag2 50pct
    Màiri  over 2 years ago

    Well, we’re up the proverbial waterway now: Harris.

     •  Reply
  74. Toughcat
    bakana  over 2 years ago

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.

     •  Reply
  75. Missing large
    WDD  over 2 years ago

    What about Occam’s Razor?

     •  Reply
  76. Abraxascircle
    abraxas  over 2 years ago

    It makes my brain hurt, but I gotta do what I gotta do …

     •  Reply
  77. Missing large
    tekwon11  over 2 years ago

    if the average mentality of your audience is 5, you should trade up and let them watch sesame street.

     •  Reply
Sign in to comment

More From Non Sequitur