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How to Call B.s. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

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At the University of Washington, students are learning to navigate the hazards of our information-addled age.

Credit: Berthold Steinhilber / Laif Redux

"Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you," the Oxford philosophy professor John Alexander Smith told his students, in 1914, "save only this: if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot."

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