Lux Absio Bervatum

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Been dealing with a lawyer for some stuff at work. The guy wants exact figures for some things you just can't know. Made me notice a common theme with some lawyers, that they tend to assume things in real life are reducible the way law is reducible. In law, you can get to the bottom of things. If you can't figure it out through legal code, precedents or the like, you can get a judge to decide what's true. Law can be infinitely precise because it's a construct. But medicine, physics... you can't always get to the bottom of things. Some stuff is inherently fuzzy, impossible to truly know. This lawyer, he doesn't get that. If something's fuzzy, he thinks, it's because the doctor is lacking in skill, or the tools are flawed, or something. I wonder if he thought this way before he got into law.

I probably shouldn't generalize though. The lawyers I've been friends with have been very open-minded people.