Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Working Notes


Sometimes the mathematics work against you. Sometimes the odds are all wrong. It can be less simple than it appears.

One of the real foundations of my work as a cop is Occam's Razor.

  All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.

See also, 'looks like a duck, quacks like a duck...'


Sometimes, only rarely, but sometimes it is much, much more complex.


It can create a kind of crisis. I mean to say that I am actually experiencing somewhat of a crisis, an existential crisis, as an investigator. This is what I do. It is my endeavor. I have dedicated myself to it and you may mock me for it but it is a serious thing to me. I have never believed that I am entirely equal to the task, but have always felt that I was at least no worse than most and better than some at it. 

I have approached it with care.

I strive to make the case. I put them down. I do it right and I put them down and they stay down when I do them.


But from time to time a certain set of facts arise that test the entire structure. 

Which facts I am not able to articulate.


It is not easy to make a place for doubt. For contradiction, for a kind of large-scale quantum fuzziness in the day to day workings of the world.


But there are times when this becomes a necessary thing.



Blogger james said...

scott, i'm usually way behind everybody else, trying to keep up with the good stuff, so i hope you've already gotten ahold of burke's The Tin Roof Blowdown, which i've just read. Surely it's his finest work yet; katrina gave him the backdrop for a complex and terrible and anxious-driven work, and if by chance you haven't read it yet, i urge you to do so -- not that its world will seem unique to you, but because you will see your reflection on its every page.

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Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


I'll get right on it! You turned me on to him a few years ago and you were dead right to do so, so I can't wait to read this one.

Thanks for thinking of me here. Hope you are well and happy, brother.

4:48 PM  

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