reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
It's sad that some of the most interesting thread topics never get their due on ATS.
No surprise that theologians, gibberish-spouters par excellence
, should fall for a Sokal hoax. But perhaps it would interest ATS members to
learn exactly what a Sokal hoax is.
Alan Sokal is a physics professor at NYU. In 1995 he submitted a paper to the post-modernist culture magazine, Social Text
. In it, he appeared
to espouse a 'postmodernist' approach to developing theories of quantum gravity. In fact, the article, entitled
Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics
of Quantum Gravity
, was utter gibberish (postmodernist gibberish as well as scientific gibberish). However, the editors of Social Text
were so delighted to find a real scientist apparently endorsing their nonsensical ideas (and incapable, as postmodernists by definition are, of
telling dung from deuterium), they happily printed it in full.
They were furious when Sokal blew the whistle on them
, and their
subsequent antics and contortions in attempting to justify their own gullibility made them look more foolish than ever.
The Sokal affair should be a lesson (as the poster above me implies) to many who frequent this site. Many ATS members are only too happy to believe
high-flown bollocks as long as it sounds good or comes out of the month of someone they consider an authority. The ones who bleat 'do your own
research' and 'keep an open mind' are usually the worst offenders; they never practise what they preach, but swallow the most ridiculous whoppers
without blinking an eye and then refuse to accept any arguments against them.
The world needs more Alan Sokals, as well as fewer postmodernists, theologians and woo merchants. Merci
edit on 28/9/12 by Astyanax because: of a typo.