My wife knows the tremendous burden I must bear.The burden of constantly being right.About everything.All. The. Time.**sigh**It has happened again.Recently, in the Texas Lawyer, I wrote about how unforced time for incubation was essential to creativity. Allowing the brain to do seemingly nothing is the ingredient without which insight or inspiration will not happen.But law practice actually discourages down time and "incubation." So, I tried to come up with ways we can preserve the brain space we need to be effective, like:Setting aside time to sit and be quietExercising or taking a walk in the middle of the day to re-bootWeaning yourself from your computer screensLearning to say no, so that each project gets the incubation time it requires.Little did I realize the power of the Appellate Record echo chamber. In rapid succession, several pieces appeared in the New York Times or on the BBC confirming just how right we were. Check out:Brain, Interrupted in the Times … [Read more...] about Creatively Correct Re: Incubation at the Workplace
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Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Sumit Rai April 6, 2018 11:05 am Change Font Size After many rounds of deliberations and at least two Law Commission Reports separated by more than a decade (Report 176 in 2001 and Report 246 in 2014), the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 was finally amended on 23 October 2015 by way of an ordinance. The ordinance route was justified on grounds that the amendments were urgent to send the right message about Indian government’s intentions of making the necessary legal reforms for ease of doing business in India. Despite good intentions, an unintended result followed. Immediately following the promulgation of the ordinance, Indian courts have been dealing with contentions on whether or not the amended provisions apply to proceeding pending before them or new court proceedings initiated in old arbitrations. There is simply no guidance in the provisions of the amending legislation itself. The Bill was tabled in the … [Read more...] about SC Decision in BCCI vs. Kochi Cricket: Much Ado About Nothing?
A BOY who had a large chunk of his brain removed to treat his epilepsy - has escaped with very few side effects. The boy, who was seven at the time, had a third of the right hemisphere - the side responsible for creativity, imagination and visual abilities - removed, to try and control his seizures. He had been through multiple treatments to treat his medically intractable epilepsy, which started when he was four, but nothing proved successful. The "lobectomy" surgery removed his entire optical lobe and most of his temporal lobe, both of which play a role in visual processing. The boy, known only as UD, lost some of his vision but eventually the left side of the brain eventually began to compensate for the part missing in the right, including recognising faces and objects. Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in the US followed UD's progress to find out how the brain would cope after losing one of it's visual centres - we usually have two, one in each side of the brain. … [Read more...] about Boy, 7, has large chunk of his brain REMOVED to treat epilepsy – and it still works just fine
Real Lawyers Have Blogs’ Kevin O’Keefe noted a post at Business 2 Community titled “10 ways businesses can blog better.” Tip No. 7 was that business blogs should append a “call to action” at the end of every blog post—a “call to action” being a sentence or two describing your business, credentials and contact information interspersed with some “call now!” type language. O’Keefe thinks putting this information in each post is the wrong way to go.“Look at pieces in business journals, reviews, and publications,” O’Keefe wrote. “Look at insight from doctors, engineers, professors, and commentators in these publications. You don’t see a ‘call me for this or that’ at the bottom. It’s just not done. Why accept that you and your blog posts are any less authoritative than pieces published by these folks? Why feel so vulnerable that you’ll offer your expertise but only if … [Read more...] about Should you self-promote in your blog posts? | Finding a lawyer via Google vs. social media
Now that we can capture and use the signals emitted by human brains, we should consider whether brain signals are public property. If your face and voice become available to the public through use, is the same true for your thoughts, when they can be read by others?Several recent news items have illustrated the progress humans have made in understanding the brain's workings and harnessing an active brain for practical purposes. For example, this week, Duke University researcher Miguel Nicolelis used microchips and the internet to connect the brains of two mice on different continents, so that the thoughts of one can influence the actions of the other. Much of Dr Nicolelis's work involves creating an exoskeleton that a paralysed person could operate with brain signals.Similarly, University of Pittsburgh researcher Andrew Schwartz has been working since 2006 to find ways for a person to control a robotic arm with only brain signals. In February 2013, surgeons implanted four microchips in … [Read more...] about Brain Spray and the Law