Why is Legal Writing So Complex?

“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” In The Atlanticarticle “The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing“, the author Victoria Clayton critiques opaque writing that infects academic journals. She writes that the prose is “riddled with professional jargon and needlessly complex syntax… even someone with a Ph.D. can’t understand a fellow … Continue reading Why is Legal Writing So Complex?

The Unconscious Mind

“Humanity has in the course of time had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon its naive self-love. The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a tiny speck in a world-system of a magnitude hardly conceivable… The second was when … Continue reading The Unconscious Mind

The Blank Slate and The Pursuit of Happiness

“Every man, wherever he goes is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.” Bertrand Russell In western democracies, John Locke’s theory of the Blank Slate serves as a cloud of comforting convictions, which helped inspire the famous line “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The … Continue reading The Blank Slate and The Pursuit of Happiness