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I've gone and done it: I've added "Brexit" as a word to my spellcheck dictionary. Guess there's no turning back now.

To students taking finals: What do we say to the God of F's?

Congrats to Jennifer Yu, US women's chess champion with 10/11, at the age of 17. Impressive.

And in no way is that an accurate description of what Hume claimed. Hume was pretty skeptical that induction provided any knowledge at all. (And of course Hume's views are controversial.) He did think we needed perception for most of our knowledge, and all knowledge of fact (as opposed to what he called "relations of ideas".) Are you considering perception a form of induction? If so, you're using the word "induction" very nonstandardly.

The (standard) definition I use is that induction studies probabilistic inference, and deduction studies necessary entailments. Then inductive logic is more or less exhaused by probability theory. I was claiming that one cannot apply those laws without deductive rules. How would one apply Bayes' theorem without instantiating variables, etc.? This has nothing to do with brains.

But if you're using a different definition, we may just be talking past each other.

The number of emails I get (in English) that are not utf-8 encoded bothers me a lot,, far more than it should, but c'mon windows users, it's 2019.

Why is "do" pronounced "doo" and not "doh"? English is weird.

A number of younger academic philosophers in North America employ some weird convention regarding quotation marks I don't understand: single for mentioning expressions, double for "everything else", including direct quotation. I don't follow. Direct quotation *is* a form of mentioning, isn't it? Also, I cannot find any documentation for this convention anywhere. Anyone know about this?

Any recommendations for a general science podcast, aimed at nonscientists/nonexperts? Bonus points for lightheartedness/humor thrown in.

Hey, academics, want more journals to be open access? Step 1: Refuse to referee for closed access journals.

Crossing things off my todo list because I decided not to do them (rather than because I actually did them) still counts as productivity, right?

What's the FLOSSiest, privacy-respecting-est, but still cross-platform, alternative to Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.?

I still have a lot to learn about neomutt (and notmuch), but I'm gotten to a point where I think I like it better than any graphical mail client I've ever used (Thunderbird, Evolution, Geary, etc.) It's got a ton of cool tweakable features.

The University is choosing whether to migrate all faculty members to Outlook or to Gmail. They're about to get a real burst of righteous outrage from this Linux User, let me tell you.

I get that students might be tempted to enroll in a course even if they can't or don't want to attend its lectures regularly if they think they can self-learn, but what kind of madness would prompt them to email the professor directly and ask them if they think attending their lectures is "really necessary"?

I made this last night and thought it was really funny at the time. This morning I realize it's why 40-somethings shouldn't try to create memes. I blame .@SirCmpwn

@mprv The imap server is an ancient and almost completely neglected one at my university, and I don't have control over it. They moved all the new students over to gmail. The imap protocol doesn't support labels or tags -- it's a much older protocol -- but Thunderbird tries to proxy them with keywords. I don't think Geary does, or at least not in a compatible way.

Things keep distracting me away from the things that I *want* to distract me away from actual work.

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