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August 12th 2022 0

An Apology for the Life of Mr Colley Cibber: a new edition

Alexander Pope thought he was dullness incarnate; Henry Fielding accused him of murdering the English Language; Aaron Hill compared his acting to ‘the heavings of a disjointed caterpillar’. Even one of his editors accused him of ‘inordin…

August 10th 2022

Aquinas on Efficient Causation and Causal Powers

Our everyday experience of the world reveals that the things around us are constantly changing.  As I look out my window, I notice that the grass outside has grown taller, the green raspberries have ripened into larger red berries, and the metal fenc…

August 9th 2022

Social Inquiry and Bayesian Inference: Rethinking Qualitative Research

What is Bayesian reasoning and how can we apply it to case studies and qualitative research? The basic idea is simple—we are social science “detectives,” and our goal is to find any and all information we can to help us figure out the be…

August 9th 2022

Can Fracking Ease the Global Energy Crunch?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused a global energy crisis. The United States and the European Union have instituted partial embargos on Russian oil and gas, while Russia has responded by cutting off gas to Poland and Bulgaria.

August 8th 2022

Ruling Children: Boy Kings in Medieval Europe

The succession of a child king was a relatively common occurrence across medieval Europe, but kingship is still usually studied from an adult-focused perspective which sees boy rulers as paradoxes or unimportant pawns. Royal Childhood and Child Kingship s…

August 5th 2022

Democracy: ‘the line of truth and utility’

There is no doubt that liberal democracy as being currently practiced in the west, despite serious problems, is superior beyond comparison to many authoritarian or totalitarian autocracies. The latter can indeed produce impressive results which the former…

August 4th 2022

World Crime Fiction

At the end of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” Edgar Allan Poe’s detective Auguste Dupin, the prototype of the analytical detective, offers a disparaging verdict on the Parisian Prefect of Police. The Prefect has “impaired his visi…

August 4th 2022

Will There Be a Thaw Period in China after Xi?

Perhaps the biggest challenge to dictatorships is the danger and uncertainty associated with a leadership transition. No one—including the ruler—knows the real rules of transition, such as how the next ruler is chosen and how the incumbent sho…

August 1st 2022

Understanding Human Metabolism: Carbohydrates, the bread of life

Keith Frayn, author of Understanding Human Metabolism address some of the major misconceptions about human metabolism.

August 1st 2022

The Age of the Gas Mask

We are living in a global age of masks.  The face coverings that many of us have worn since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic range from medical-grade PPE to handsewn cloth to expensive designer-branded fabric. Masks went from being hard to find…

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August 12th 2022 0

Teaching Data Reuse

In the spring semester of 2020, I developed and taught a class on archaeological data reuse and digital literacy at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.…

August 11th 2022 0

Disentangling Emotions during the Coronavirus Outbreak in Spain: Inner Emotions, Descripting Feeling Rules and Socioemotional Conventions

The paper “Disentangling Emotions during the Coronavirus Outbreak in Spain: Inner Emotions, Descriptive Feeling Rules and Socioemotional Conventions” by Amparo Caballero, Sergio Villar, Itziar Fernández, Verónica Sevillano, Pablo…

August 11th 2022 0

2022 JFM-Flow China Symposium: from fundamentals to applied mechanics 

We were excited to hold the  JFM/FLOW 2022 China Symposium in Xi’an in June 2022. This is the second time Journal of Fluid Mechanics (JFM) has held a symposium in China but the first which included our new journal Flow. …

August 10th 2022 0

Open Innovation Platforms Recognized As Approach To Solving Brain Health Crisis

There is widely agreed to be a brain health crisis. This crisis affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. Around 23% of people infected with COVID will become “long haulers”, where neurological manifestations are common.&helli…

August 9th 2022 0

A Q&A with the course leaders of The Wealth Economy: A Framework for Sustainable Prosperity ‘Beyond GDP’

Diane Coyle (left) and Saite Lu (right)Diane Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, where she leads research under the themes of progress and productivity.…

August 9th 2022 0

Musings on ILM

ILM is an exceptional resource for scholars and practitioners of international law. As an active ASIL member for well over a decade, I have relied on ILM to keep me informed of developments across the field, from the latest U.S.…

August 9th 2022 0

Human ‘Sacrifice’ and the Status of Slaves

‘Human sacrifice’ isn’t a practice that we tend to associate early modern Europe. Nor would we expect it to be defended in a court of law. Yet this is exactly what happened in 1783 in a case concerning a British slaving ship, the Zong.

August 8th 2022 0

Defining intercultural competence: going far beyond the ‘do’s and don’ts’.

To understand something, it’s sometimes easier to understand what it’s not. In this blog, expert Kasia Lanucha shares why intercultural competence is much deeper than simply understanding cultural customs.

August 4th 2022 0

A Q&A with the course leader of Climate Change for Decision-Makers: Challenges, Transformations, Strategies

Professor Jorge Vinuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge, where he founded the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance (C-EENRG).…

August 2nd 2022 0

The Evolution of Specialised Minds

Evolutionary theory has long been used to explain species and sex differences, but individual differences in cognition and behaviour have mostly been left out of the picture.

August 2nd 2022 0

Reflections on 26 Years with International Legal Materials

It seems like only yesterday that Domingo Acevedo, my colleague at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked me whether I would be interested in serving on the Editorial Advisory Committee of International Legal Materials (ILM) since he was rota…

August 2nd 2022 0

La Guajira in Colombia between paradoxes of ancestral care and exploitation

La Guajira: Natural wealth vs exploitation As a Guajira woman, feminist and social researcher, I want to share some personal reflections from the vision of female leadership as caretakers of the land and the fight against different forms of coloniz…

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