Science and pseudo-science

One of the great spoofs in recent history.

Alan Sokal’s original article
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Alan Sokal
On Pseudo-Science, Religion and Misinformation in Public Life

In 1996, Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics at New York University, published, after being reviewed and accepted, a paper in the cultural-studies journal Social Text entitled Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity. Sokal immediately confessed that the whole article was a hoax designed to expose and parody the style of extreme postmodernist criticism of science, and became front page news around the world, triggering a fierce and wide-ranging controversy.

Sokal remains a powerful voice in the debate about the status of evidence-based knowledge. In Beyond the Hoax he targets pseudo-science, religion, and misinformation in public life arguing that clear thinking, combined with a respect for evidence, are of the utmost importance to the survival of the human race in the twenty-first century.

Please click below to read an interview with Alan Sokal

 Interview with Alan Sokal

2 thoughts on “Science and pseudo-science

  1. Interesting article.

    It brought to mind a recent book by JM Greer (historian)….. title: Dark Age America. In one chapter, “Suicide of Science”, he talks about the current rejection of science by many groups in North America and a growing willingness to accept various religious beliefs at face value. Greer outlines many reasons for this such as; the apparent about face on nutrition, study manipulation and influence by the pharma industry and other corporate interests, and the downright arrogance of prominent atheists. He believes and states quite clearly that as society/wealth continues to unwind the impact of science and its influence will continue to wane.

    And of course there is always Fake News and Alternative Facts. 🙂

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