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Towards a Transformative Unsinb of Quantum Gravity which he describes as “a parody article crammed with nonsensical, but unfortunately authentic, quotations about physics and mathematics by prominent French and American intellectuals. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status. Worth leafing through, but hard to recommend actually reading it. The passages Sokal and Bricmont present are indeed examples of bad science to put it mildly.

It is worse than books debunking psychic phenomena and the like because whereas psychics address the common man, the thinkers attacked here write in prose?

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative unsiinn the actual unsnn by any other measure. The blanket relativism that Sokal offers in his parody is an absurdity, and easily recognizable as such. Sokal and Bricmont address the two-cultures debate, and the fact that science is so foreign to so many allowing it to be abused all the easier.

It is a problem society should wrestle with. The question is not completely black and white — of course relativism operates in many significant areas of human intercourse, including science — the question is in the how and where and of course the why.


Naturally there are also some who argue that thinkers in the humanities should not be as earthbound and as hidebound as scientists and should have the liberty of stretching truth and reality if it suits their purposes, i. A pox on those who condemn them.

The science aspect is of course easy to debunk, and thank god Sokal and Bricmont have done some of that work.

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It seems fairly clear that the thinkers quoted use scientific terminology not for actual support though we are thinking that topology is a fun thing to apply to psychologybut because the abstract notion “science” lends their arguments credibility.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Instead of having a good laugh and sending the essay back to Sokal the good folks at Social Text took it seriously and published it.

It is like a book about child abuse, describing in graphic detail the sins of the fathers — there should be no need for such a thing.

Fighting against privileges in economics or physics is literally the same, but not in metaphorical terms. Fashionable Nonsense – Canada.

Eleganter Unsinn – die Postmoderne auf dem Prüfstand

An important book, it is nevertheless almost unreadable — mainly because of the absurd passages cited extensively by Sokal and Bricmont. And yet there is. Das Gespenst des Populismus: On the whole, however, the book is a tough slog. Comment by the sender of the contribution.


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Ein Essay zur politischen Dramaturgie. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. See our Returns Policy. That group and the thinkers they have embraced have twisted all debate into the unintellectual, returning it to the level of theological debate where anything can be proposed and propounded as long as the proper terminology and, in the case of theological debate, the reigning deities are invoked.

In our opinion, however, the authors we are investigating are analogies between generally accepted theories from the natural sciences and theories that are too vague to be empirically verifiable elefanter. Sokal submitted a paper titled Transgressing the Boundaries: Passages are cited and ridiculed, and Sokal and Bricmont then also make some larger and more eoeganter points.

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Our two cents re. Visit our Help Pages. Considering foreign concepts is, of course, important, and the elegater between science, society, and social theories should be explored — but exploration means considering, hypothesizing, using the available tools.

Revealing the hoax, Sokal set off quite an uproar, only in part about the question he was addressing — the use of science and scientific concepts and terminology in a elegahter setting. The recognition of a conclusive analogy between two existing theories can often be very useful for the further development of both theories.

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