The Experience Not Logic blog is informative and a pleasure to read. The blog is primarily devoted to discussing legal and cultural issues concerning China. Its name is derived from an 1881 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., quote, in which he said, "The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience." About that quote, the blog's author, Will Lewis, wrote, "Each time I read a US court decision, Holmes' quote flashes through my mind. In China, the rule is the same, but the experience is different. Here's to broadening the experience..."
Experience Not Logic features a variety of posts, discussing a broad range of issues from patent reform in the US to model arbitration clauses. The posts are well-researched and Lewis writes with a hint of amused sarcasm reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson, making his posts on fairly boring legal stuff actually readable and surprisingly fun. Some of the opening lines from a post on corporate social responsibility are a perfect example:
Critics of capitalism have long clung to the idea that the inherent competition leads to conflict, and conflict in capitalism reinforces the unfortunate Hobbesean conclusion that man's life is "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." And then CSR, the classic liberal's wet dream, comes and spoils the party by showing the world that soaring profits can go hand in hand with doing good.
We really appreciate the fact that Mr. Lewis is a law student-- he is a 2L at the University of San Diego-- and he is publishing an excellent blog. Keep up the good work! We'll be reading!