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🌠 It's official🌠
My paper, "Measuring the non-existent: validity before measurement" is forthcoming at Philosophy of Science.

Final draft preprint available here: (For those of you who saw the previous draft, this one has about ~2 paragraphs' worth of difference)

Abstract: This paper examines the role existence plays in measurement validity. I argue that existing popular theories of measurement and of validity follow a correspondence framework, which starts by assuming that an entity exists in the real world with certain properties that allow it to be measurable. Drawing on literature from the sociology of measurement, I show that the correspondence framework faces several theoretical and practical challenges. I suggested the validity-first framework of measurement, which starts with a practice-based validation process as the basis for a measurement theory, and only posits objective existence when it is scientifically useful to do so.

Can't say I figured out Chicago style (as you can see from the preprint, it's still my favourite APA). I hope the copyeditor doesn't hate me too much.

I feel twice as legitimate as I did before now that I have twice as many publications! (<- totally healthy, I know.)

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New podcast episode out!

In this episode, I interview Dr. Hannah Apert-Abrams @Halperta about her transition from completing a PhD in comparative literature to being a program specialist at the National Endowment for the Humanities. We talk about how awesome librarians and archivists are, the benefits of seeing humanities as a collective, the unpredictability of the job market, and what exactly is (are?) the digital humanities.

The episode should appear on your usual podcast platform today or tomorrow.

Note that I am phasing out the standalone (non-buzzsprout) website of the website and the Twitter account.

Help me spread the word! I'm always looking for guest who 1) have undertaken a serious attempt at a PhD in a humanities discipline, and 2) currently works in an alt-ac career that isn't the result of significant retraining. You can reach me (for podcast purposes) at

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Okay, so that AI letter signed by lots of AI researchers calling for a "Pause [on] Giant AI Experiments"? It's just dripping with AI hype. Here's a quick rundown.

First, for context, note that URL? The Future of Life Institute is a longtermist operation. You know, the people who are focused on maximizing the happiness of billions of future beings who live in computer simulations.



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Job alert: my dept at @LeidenPsy is hiring two tenure-track assistant professors! 📢​

One Assistant Prof in Cognitive Psych & Neuro link
One Assistant Prof in Cognitive Science & AI link

Come be my colleague!
#GetFediHired #AcademicJobs #Jobs

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In a world where a bit of math can pass as human on the internet, we are obliged to be more unpredictable, more chaotic.

Be the language model failure mode you want to see in the taco.

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I've tried it on twitter a while ago (was planning a book club with a few friends) and did not get much useful responses, so - can you do better, fediverse?

Recommend me non-fiction books that are:

* not originally written in English
* available in English translation
* not written by men

I'm leaving the topic very open on purpose as I'd love to expand in both voices and topics I read.

Boosts welcome.

#books #bookrecs

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Today’s the day! What does it mean to do professional development when you are suspicious of both those words?

@sferna109 and I will be talking about learning and working for yourself and your community (while operating within and around higher ed). It’s part of a #DigitalHumanities professional development series with @ach

Today (March 1) from 2-3et on Zoom.


Excuse this possibly silly question but:

Why is optional stopping in sample collection a problem, given the optional stopping theorem? (Or is it still considered a problem?)

A possible subtoot but a serious inquiry: can someone recommend a good semi-technical intro to causal modeling/causal stats that doesn’t involve a chapter’s worth of commentary on speculative history and how “humans have always wondered, why?”

(By semi-technical, I mean technical but not entirely about theorem proving)

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If you drag an emoji family with a string size of 11 into an input with maxlength=10, one of the children will disappear.

This is... so absurd it's funny.
I'm *calling* insurance company *from my cellphone*. The automated system *tells me that it located an account under my phone number*.
Then, it needs to "verify me" by either *text or call this number* to give me a code.
So, I'm on a call from my cellphone, and they want to verify me by calling my cellphone with a code for me to repeat to the machine that I'm already on a call with?
Who designed these systems??

Ah, my paper is finally out, and of course this is when I discovered a place where I said "in these two ways" but only gave one of the ways.

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Super frustrated with all the cheerleading over chatbots for search, so here's a thread of presentations of my work with Chirag Shah on why this is a bad idea. Follow threaded replies for:

media coverage
original paper
conference presentation

Please boost whichever (if any) speak to you.

I delivered a full presentation, which I've been trying to write, last night in my dream. I think it went over well, too.

Now I just need to remember what I said in that dream.

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Even when Twitter’s T&S infrastructure was at its most functional – which I’d say was 2021-mid 2022 – I sometimes saw appeals on content decisions, suspensions, etc. take 2-3 months unless I escalated to personal contacts at the company.

I keep seeing folks expect #moderation and community management decisions on volunteer-run fedi instances to happen in hours – not even days – and jumping to defederation when they don’t get immediate responses. It’s going to burn out so many admins, and makes me sad and worried about the sustainability and scalability of our communities.

#fediverse #fediadmin #contentmoderation #communitymanagement #mastoadmin #mastodon

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The newest episode of my podcast is up. Me and @will discuss the oldest story in the world - an Australian aboriginal tale about a volcanic eruption.

Will does a great job laying out why a lot of (prejudiced) assumptions we in Europe have about aboriginal culture is just wrong. Really got me excited to learn more about these unique cultures.


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Planning a #conference? Include Mastodon at least as prominently in your materials as you do other social media. If you ask presenters or attendees for handles, ask for their Mastodon handle. This is an important opportunity for the Fediverse to reach, welcome, and engage key global audiences. #academia #event

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Paper published 🥳
Have a look at this survey to see how researchers are dealing with information gathering problems in decision-theoretic model (MDPs and stuff).
We identified several strategies, from agents reacting to external stimuli (reactive sensing) to agents reasoning about their and others' knowledge state (active sensing).

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Re recent disturbance of fediphilosophy and quick PSA:

We apologize for the recent disturbances and everything is fixed now. We are looking for ways to make Fediphilosophy more stable. One thing we will do is to connect a cloud storage bucket to our original hosting service. In doing so, everyone will have more space to post whatever pictures or videos as they want. We will probably start the process some time in March and we hope that this will not cause additional disturbance.

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I saw a meme on tumblr earlier that said the best response to “Can you explain this gap in your resume” is “No I signed an NDA”


I messaged (through expedia) a hotel I've recently stayed at asking for an emailed receipt.

I've now received 7 emails of this receipt.

Is this how I learn how many receptionists work at that hotel?

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