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Washing the Floor…With Gasoline

The problem with just about any set of facts is that it quickly becomes complex, resistant to being easily encapsulated. The gasoline station was managed by Elward Hudson, who, approximately one year before the accident, leased the station and certain equipment from the Defendant. One of the duties assigned to the Plaintiff by Hudson was […]

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Pain and Prayer

Can pain be modulated by prayer? Some, perhaps many, will immediately reach for the words “placebo effect” and leave the matter at that. Others have investigated the phenomenon. Belief in something greater, something infinitely larger and more powerful––there’s more to this than can be easily explained. It has to do with tapping into a power […]

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In Defense of Slow Reading

Reading, we are told, must be performed quickly and accurately. Our eyes must be trained to read fast. Our reading mind must not for a moment pause or linger. We are expected to be brisk and efficient, to work our way through as many pages in as little time as possible. While reading quickly surely […]

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Law as Archeology

October. You know it’s that time of year when the maple leaves start to turn orange, yellow, and russet, when the air becomes a bit colder, when wisps of grey smoke from the yard fires curl lazily upward into a transparently blue sky—then you know it’s time for your annual apple picking trip north to […]

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The Return

It’s a truism that today’s medicine directs its attention primarily to the physical aspects of healing. Examples would include such conventional treatments as drugs and therapy, diagnostic tests and surgery, as well as emerging technologies such as the controlled manipulation of cell-specific MicroRNAs. These treatments are all based on the seemingly common-sense notion that because […]

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Learning and Healing

Webster defines health as follows: “The condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially: freedom from physical disease or pain.” The World Health Organization defines health in these terms: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Both definitions define health […]

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Invisible Facts

Matter, we are told, has three primary states—solid, liquid, and gas. Today of course scientists recognize many more states of matter, including plasma as well as the more recently discovered states of matter such as superfluid, quantum spin liquid, string-net liquid, and many others. However, the basic framework into which the facts of a contested […]

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First Principles: Free Speech

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”—so reads the First Amendment of the Constitution. Free speech is […]

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In Defense of the Center

We are exhorted to start strong—and to end strong. Beginnings and endings—these we are advised must be practiced and perfected. We are told of the importance of primacy and recency. We are urged to make a good—no, excellent—first and last impression. These things we know. But what about the center—that vast uncharted territory between start […]

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Phrasing of the Common Phrase

Because they’re apt and come readily to mind, common phrases tend to be overused. We speak them naturally, instinctively, without first thinking. Consider two sets of phrases: “Don’t you dare” in relation to “Don’t you carry out that forbidden act.” And “Don’t you care” in relation to “Don’t you have an interest in my safety […]

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