Date: Jan 15, 2013 6:50 AM
Subject: Re: Don't Let Math Pull the Wool Over Your Eyes
Jerry P. Becker Posted: Jan 14, 2013 2:40 PM
>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
The notorious journal was "Social Text", published by Duke University Press. This is the same Duke University of the infamous Gang of 88
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",
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.
No representation without taxation.