This guy is such a fascinating character, and obviously not always in a good way. ... I can't stand him normally, but then his website really is pretty genius.
Prologue: What is his webpage link and why is it genius?
Re: his book "A New Kind of Science", it is kinda neat, and somewhere between "beautiful" per above and Mouser's remark. What I got from it was a metaphor/analogy, that sometimes it just takes "processing" to do something, and that it truly can't be short-circuited.
Very broadly, I think we're in one of those points with the Snowden Theme. The "2nd Term Obama + Snowden" feels different from say 2007.
But it's odd because I think Bradley Manning and/or Julian Assange also had about the same grade of info, but the Powers managed to silence them. But maybe they proto-woke-up the public, like subtle precursors, before Snowden's stuff seems to stick far more.
Looping back: Wolfram - New kind of Science. Sometimes stuff "just needs to be processed".