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Hopefully the bloated, meandering heads of academia will soon be shamed into doing real work by the efforts of men like Sokal.

Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science

Perhaps he is genuine when he speaks of non-scientific subjects? Oh, how badly the Left needs more books like this, boldly championing scientific objectivity and facts over political or spiritual ideologies that abuse science to gain legitimacy and further their agendas.

To give their ideas the impression of being involved and complicated, and impress their peers and readers and satisfy their vanity, they resort to mixing pomposity with nonsense. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Hence nonsensical verbiage, demonstrating that such philosophies are nothing more than ‘mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking, and the misuse of scientific concepts’, the authors dismiss them for what they are: Sokal is best known for the Sokal Affairin which he submitted a deliberately absurd article [1] to Social Texta critical theory journal, and was able to get it published.

Feb 01, Luke rated it really liked it. Sokal and Bricmont set out to show how those intellectuals have used concepts from the physical sciences and mathematics incorrectly.

Imposturas Intelectuais, de Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont

Most incomprehensible is how anyone could have ever taken these postmodernist authors seriously in the first place – how entire segments of the academic world could have so completely taken leave of their senses as to give even one of these imposters an academic post – let alone legions of them spanning several generations.


Even if I didn’t happen to know anything about the mathematics of infinity, I imagine I would be confused if someone started telling me that it can help us understand the human aaln at the very least I would want an acknowledgement that this is an outlandish claim, and that it requires some legwork to get the reader “on board.

Responses from the scientific community were more supportive. It’s not just that these sorts of bizarre claims — say, that Cantor’s infinities have something to do with psychoanalysis, or that the notion of “lightlike intervals” in special relativity theory can somehow explain modern society — it’s not just that these claims happen to be wrong. As you can see from my comments I found other intelectuaus other than what the authors provided, so in this case it was a little fun.

Jan 28, Dave Brick rated it really liked it.

Mar 13, Marshall rated it liked it Shelves: The prominent neuroscientist Ramachandran Phantoms of the Brain sent an article to a magazine specializing in evolutionary biology. Again, to the skeptical lay-reader, the entire argument might sound like two sides vociferously attempting to persuade and convince a neutral party.

The credibility gap is perpetuated when po-mo academics couch their usually non-existent ‘theories’ in language so dense and difficult to read that those who cannot understand are looked down upon as intellectual inferiors and those who do understand are lying. The criticisms of the PoMos was confined to abuses of concepts in math and science.

A must read for all who are interested in social science.

This goes much further than you may think at first, because you can search for the sort of surface able to receive such inscriptions. It is the chapter on Epistemic Relativism in the Philosophy of Science that is the jeaan highlight for me.

If you ever find yourself thinking the postmodern French philosophers actually have a point. It is simply undeniable proof that postmodern thinking is word-games, not actual theories. Although I enjoyed the ribbing of academic obscurantism, my impression of the original ‘Sokal Affair’, where he submitted a gibberish article to an academic journal, seems to be based on a case of sloppy peer-review, which is an ongoing issue.

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Mar 07, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: You can perhaps see that the sphere, that old symbol for totality, is unsuitable. He repeatedly mentions the point that these writers willfully chose to include specifically scientific terminology jaen their writings. If I hold a belief that is beyond a reasonable doubtI should be willing to act on it, and for me impostuars belief is not a belief until it sokak beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sokal and Bricmont main arguments against those French intellectuals are 1 on intelectyais abusive use of several concepts and scientific terms; some scientific ideas are taken out of context.

Alan Sokal’s writings on science, philosophy and culture

Two Millennia of Mathematics: Aug 25, Yves rated it it was amazing Shelves: A person reading such passages who doesn’t understand the technical math and science concepts invoked may well think “wow, this is so profound that it goes over my head”, and that seems to be one of the motivations behind this kind of writing, to wow laypeople with superficial, pedantic intellectuality.

Neitzsche also was mentally ill, and finally cracked or went insane at the end of his life. It will reassure you that incoherent sentences mixed shameless displays of false erudition–although extremely humorous–cannot change the fact that reason, eviden If you’ve ever had to read the postmodernist writings of Focault, Derrida, Lacan, or any of their innumerable disciples and come away with only the vaguest idea as to their meaning, you might want to read this book.

Lacan to the Letter. University of Michigan Press.