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A torus, a Klein bottle, a cross-cut surface, are able to receive such a cut.

This is the school of thought that suggests that alann mode of knowing — usually what people refer to as an objective truth — is just as good as the next. University of Minnesota Press. Sokal’s original essay on how gravity is a social construct is also included here with notes, and if you are anything like me, there is delight to be had brcmont combing over it to see how he exploited common tropes of postmodernist writing for his prank.

No statement about the real world can ever literally be proven ; but to use the eminently appropriate expression from Anglo-Saxon law, it can sometimes be proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

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In that case, Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont are in dire straits. This book is extremely charitible to the subject of its critique, in fact, but charity can only be taken so far. This is a book that serves its modest purpose reasonably well, but after finishing it, I was left mostly wondering whether it was ikposturas purpose that needed to be served. And as feminist thinkers have repeatedly pointed out, in the present culture this contamination is overwhelmingly capitalist, patriarchal, and militaristic: Richard Dawkins said it best in one of his essays in A Devil’s Chaplin.

Tell a lie once! Published October 29th by Picador first published October 1st The symmetry of scale, the transversality, the pathic non-discursive character of their expansion: Ignoring the curing of small pox, man on the moon, Voyager to Saturn, computers, TVs, cell phones, planes, trains and automobiles. And to think we took them seriously. It was completely relevant to my interests. If a reader is not convinced of the absurdity of the postmodern examples within the first two sentences of bricmot quotation, they probably so completely lack of the discriminating facility that another twenty pages will not do them any more good.


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. Nonetheless, I highly recommend skimming the appendix, which includes the original parody article and the author’s comments on it, as well as a chapter or two from the book. See, the whole point of cultural theorists “abusing” that sure is some strong language, sure glad it’s sworn to protect and serve math and science is not to actually draw analogies, but to manifest the underlying absurdity of analogies, to create greater confusion and that unique feel of incomprehensibility.

Instead, here are these assholes, and here’s the joke, flying over them beyond the orbit of the moon. Yet, the authors open the door for a legitimization of the so-called abused-language heretofore mentioned. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Sylt For the nth time yesterday I thought maybe there was something there after all, so I went back and tried reading some Deleuze.

Carlos Veloso (Translator of Imposturas Intelectuais)

Why some authors get this lenient treatment and others don’t is an interesting sociological question in itself. Or, more aptly, Derrida with it! I don’t think that the doubts and complexities skoal actual science are fundamentally responsible for political and social damage. To view it, click here.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Some are delighted, some are enraged. Two Millennia of Mathematics: These impostufas, after all, academics that make a living out of composing texts full of “deep questions”, ones that typically aren’t steeped in methodologies that tend to provide reliable evidence or proof.

Each person gets to have their own reality. Physics is a subject that is genuinely very difficult. Alan Sokal Jean Bricmont. The scholars, all I believe are tenured professors, hence why I am calling intelectuaie scholars, are Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray This book shows up some of the postmodernists and poststructuralists misuse and abuse of mathematics and science especially physics.

A major portion of the book is given over to reproductions of original ‘postmodernist’ sources that ramble for pages on end, with trifling comments by the authors on how the different scientific concepts have been misinterpre Although gricmont is an important book, it is not a very enjoyable one to read, for the simple fact that the authors felt compelled to quote at length from some of the most disfigured intelecuais meaningless jumbles of words that I have ever seen sewn together in the guise of sentences.


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Hopefully I’ll find a copy of this book to go through, myself. The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ I use the word “respectable” contextually: Feb 01, Luke rated it really liked it. As an intellectual, Sokal probably found the writings of these particular philosophers to be nothing more than a lot of shallow, erudite poetics that, when analyzed on a grammatical and syntactical level, meant relatively little.

The editors, excited that a physicist has converted to their side, promptly published the article.

But if like me, you regularly have to encounter postmodernism in the flesh and just don’t get it, this is a must-read. This includes work on the chromatic polynomial and the Tutte polynomial, which appear both in algebraic graph theory and in the study of phase transitions in statistical mechanics.

The response was cold: Some not all journals publishing philosophical art For a long time I thought that Sokal’s famous hoax publication, plus this book, were intended to show that modern philosophers, particularly in France, are spouting nothing but nonsense.

He compiled a bunch of scientific-sounding arguments to prove why it make evolutionary sense for men to prefer blond women over brunettes. They exhibit what the authors call “superficial erudition”, an obscure and technical verbiage laden form of writing that turns out to be either incoherent or trivial when unpacked. But there is another, second kind of error: I personally cast my vote for brunettes.