220 A real paper or a Sokal-esque hoax? You be the judge

“Structures of power and domination also stimulated the first large-scale ice core drilling projects – these archetypal masculinist projects to literally penetrate glaciers and extract for measurement and exploitation the ice in Greenland and Antarctica.”

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Why Evolution Is True

Certain forms of postmodern discourse are so outré that you can’t tell whether they’re serious or jokes. (Indeed, some postmodernists claim that their serious pieces can be construed as jocular!) The most famous example of this conflation between the scholarly and the absurd is, of course, Alan Sokal’s hoax article on physics and postmodernism for the journal Social Text, ”Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”. (I’m proud to say that the first letter in the New York Times about that piece was my own praise for Sokal. I was then roundly attacked on the phone by an old friend who had, without my knowledge, gone over to the Dark Side and become a postmodernist.)

So here’s an article that just appeared in the journal Progress in Human Geography (pdf here, h/t to reader David). Click on the screenshot to go to the whole thing…

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2 kommentarer till 220 A real paper or a Sokal-esque hoax? You be the judge

  1. John skriver:

    I could not resist commenting. Perfectly written! http://yahoo.co.uk



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