"I am the law!" - The empirical link between lawyer-lawmakers and legal cost/burden

For better or worse, a large part of the politicians sitting in national/regional parliaments or similar positions of power are trained law professionals. As lawmakers, they have the unique opportunity to influence the amount of available work for... continue reading

Breadth, Depth and Integration: The Three Dimensions of the Polymathy Construct

At the core of the polymathy construct is the person's relationship with knowledge in three dimensions: depth, breadth and integration.

Depth refers to expertise and to the cumulative penetration into certain subjects of interest (in which... continue reading

Motion illusions arise from light source ambiguity

Motion illusions such as the rotating snakes illusion or the rotating cube illusion remain unexplained. Recently, [Watanabe et... continue reading

Bayesian Judges

Building on Eric Posner and Adrian Vermeule’s valuable insights about the Bayesian nature of the judicial process (see their paper "The Votes of Other Judges"), I propose a simple method for improving judicial decision-making, a method I have... continue reading

Relationships Between Polymathy as a Trait and Neurochemically-Based Individual Differences

Polymathy traditionally means “wide-ranging knowledge”. However, Sriraman(2009) and Michael Araki Polymathy_ have proposed that polymathy can function as a... continue reading

Collateralized Debt Obligations and the Tragedy of the Anticommons

The tragedy of the anticommons occurs when a piece of property or resource has multiple owners and each has veto rights over use or changes to a resource. In the tragedy of the commons, a resource gets overused because no one can stop anyone from... continue reading

Modified Human Microbiome towards better Health

Health, as the complete physical, mental and social well-being, is absolutely the vital profit that someone can attain in his/her life span. On the other hand, health is immensely vulnerable to diseases and sicknesses like deadly cancer. Recent... continue reading

"OCD, radicals and TRPA1 receptors".

Further to NPBR .1. and Journal of Brief Ideas papers on "Oxidative stress, MAOIs and OCD" and "OCD, St John's Wort and Iron", this paper concerns TRPA1 human gut receptors which respond to oxidative stress. The 1,2,3- and 1,2,4- benzenetriols are... continue reading

Creativity, an Essential Condition for the Development of Smart and Age-friendly Cities and Communities

The creativity of older adults and the ageing population is an essential condition for the development of “smart and age-friendly cities and communities” (SAFCC). First of all, the creativity may be understood as (1) the acceptance and use of new... continue reading

Towards a unified framework for studying the impact of linear infrastructures

Linear infrastructures such as roads, railways and power lines have considerable negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems (van der Ree et al. 2015; [Borda-de-Água et al.... continue reading


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