The Underworld, with Proserpine turning Ascalaphus into an owl; in border; illustration to Isaac de Benserade’s ‘Les Métamorphoses d’Ovide en rondeaux’, an adaptation of Ovid’s book in French verses (Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1676). c.1676

Etching, with letterpress text on verso

Print made by: Sébastien Leclerc

Date: 1676 (circa)

British Museum

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  07/25/14 at 11:49am

Elie Mystal, Work/Life Balance, Biglaw Women, And Katy Perry, Above the Law (June 19, 2014) ›

  07/25/14 at 11:48am

Elie Mystal, AirBnB Users Need To Help Themselves To Some Basic Real Estate Law, Above the Law (July 24, 2014) ›

People in business over the internet like to act like what they are doing is so new and exciting and technologically advanced that the “old rules” no longer apply. Sometimes that’s true (chances are my two-year-old will never know what a “newspaper” is). Sometimes it’s not (paperless office my ass).

But old laws always still apply. Stealing cable (another thing my kid will probably not use) is stealing cable even if you are paying somebody else to steal the cable for you.

For instance, when you rent out your place to somebody else, you become a landlord. It doesn’t matter if you rent it out through AirBnB. AirBnB is just a travel agent (this post should be in a time capsule) with an impressive roster of vacation rentals….

The landlord-tenant relationship can be complicated and varies significantly across different states. But in most states, landlords have rights and responsibilities. And some of those responsibilities can be a goddamn hassle, especially if you end up with a tenant who is well aware of his or her rights. Look, if being a landlord was easy, everyone would do it.

Of course, AirBnB wants everyone to do it, so it kind of downplays the significant legal ramifications of renting out your property. A woman in California who I’m guessing has no formal legal training is now experiencing the downside of having an income property.

  07/25/14 at 11:36am


Sketch of the Moon, 1614, by Christoph Scheiner. (via)

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H. Matute, I. Yarritu, and M.A. Vadillo, Illusions of causality at the heart of pseudoscience, 102 Br. J. Psychol. 392 (2011) ›


Pseudoscience, superstitions, and quackery are serious problems that threaten public health and in which many variables are involved. Psychology, however, has much to say about them, as it is the illusory perceptions of causality of so many people that needs to be understood. The proposal we put forward is that these illusions arise from the normal functioning of the cognitive system when trying to associate causes and effects. Thus, we propose to apply basic research and theories on causal learning to reduce the impact of pseudoscience. We review the literature on the illusion of control and the causal learning traditions, and then present an experiment as an illustration of how this approach can provide fruitful ideas to reduce pseudoscientific thinking. The experiment first illustrates the development of a quackery illusion through the testimony of fictitious patients who report feeling better. Two different predictions arising from the integration of the causal learning and illusion of control domains are then proven effective in reducing this illusion. One is showing the testimony of people who feel better without having followed the treatment. The other is asking participants to think in causal terms rather than in terms of effectiveness.

  07/25/14 at 11:26am

[T]he drivers of this phenomenon [of overdiagnosis of disease] are complex and multifaceted. These include professional and commercial self-interest; litigation fears; our cultural love affairs with early diagnosis and the wonders of technology; and the nature of the health system itself, where a fee-for-service system brings benefits for doing more tests, more treatments, more procedures. But research evidence is starting to suggest that, in many situations, less may be more.

Ray Moynihan, “Preventing over-diagnosis: how to stop harming the healthy,” The Conversation (September 9, 2012)

The Press Association, NICE changes guidance to cut over-diagnosis of kidney disease, Nursing Times (July 24, 2014) ›

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Brendan M. Reilly, Don't Learn on Me — Are Teaching Hospitals Patient-Centered?, 371 N. Engl. J. Med. 293 (2014) ›

on the teaching hospital experience in the age of “patient-centeredness”

  07/25/14 at 11:07am

If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.

  07/24/14 at 05:27am