Daily Archives: 2008-04-17

17 Apr 2008
Implicative Indicia

The statistics at Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 are disturbing. Here are some sample questions, and the percentage of correct answers (1864 adults, in 2006): 45% – Lasers work by focusing sound waves. (False) 56% – Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria. (False) 76% – Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does […]

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17 Apr 2008
Dazed and/or Confused?

Seemingly simple words and phrases can turn out to be befuddlingly complex, particularly in a legal context. Still, 14 pages to discuss and/or? It’s a wonder that we don’t argue about something as trivial as what is is … oh, wait. In his excellent book, The Language of Judges (Chicago 1993) Larry Solan (who is […]

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