>Alan Sokal, the physicist who in 1996 hoaxed a journal >of cultural studies with an article he wrote as a jest >that the journal published, called Prof. Eriksson's >study "very interesting." He would like it replicated >with a more credentialed group, such as university >professors, who are more likely to review articles for >publication.
The notorious journal was "Social Text", published by Duke University Press. This is the same Duke University of the infamous Gang of 88 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_lacrosse_case The now famous article, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", may have been a hoax but it was certainly no jest. "Transgressing the Boundaries" was a serious effort by Sokal to discredit "Social Text" and, by extension, to discredit the intellectual fraud that is Postmodernism.
Sokal followed up with several books, including "Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science", "Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture", "Intellectual Impostures", and a number of journal articles in which he discusses his intent. Along with the famous,
Sokal's work is a well established part of what Wikipedia calls
"The Science Wars", - ----------------------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_wars In Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels With Science (1994), the scientists Paul R. Gross and Norman Levitt attacked the anti-intellectual postmodernists, presented the shortcomings of relativism, and proposed that postmodernist critics knew little about the scientific theories they criticized and practiced poor scholarship for political reasons. - ---------------------------
"Poor scholarship for political reasons." Now, there is a lovely turn of phrase that rather nicely characterizes what is laughingly known as education research.