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Fashionable nonsense: postmodem Intellectuals’ abuse or science. I Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont. p. em. Includes bibliographical references and Index. Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . A review and a link to other reviews of Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.

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Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science by Alan Sokal

In particular, he studies the interplay between these fields based on questions arising in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.

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InSokal revisited the Fashioanble affair and its implications in Beyond the Hoax.

Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science Cover of the first edition. Each person gets to have their own reality. Thus, by calculating that signification according to the algebraic method used here, namely: 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 misinterpreted or misused.

Hail Sokal and Bricmont for wasting so much of their lives on such a ridiculous but apparently necessary task.

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It has had a deplorable influence on the quality of modern thought Archived from the original on May 12, 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.


By making scientific claims from outside of the scientific method, post-modernists are coming across as the ivory-tower equivalents of Ann Coulter: Fashionable Nonsense – US.

View all 8 comments. In a delightfully witty and clear voice, the two thoughtfully and thoroughly dismantle the pseudo-scientific writings of some of the most fashionable French and American intellectuals. As a scientist, Sokal does not overstep his own fashiohable of expertise, while showing that po-mo academics routinely overstep theirs.

When Sokal holes the literarizing of meta-literature up to the standards of scientific analysis, it’s worse than the structuralism shown earlier by some of his targets. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Additionally and above all, the book provides very important lessons and critical analysis of issues regarding epistomology, which I think will make an important read for students of philosophy and social sciences in general.

Except for on a funky Star Trek episode we can’t see much use for considering the speed of light privileged. Sylt For the nth time yesterday I thought maybe there was something there fashionqble all, so I went back and tried reading some Deleuze.

And I’m a stodgy old scientist who believes, naively, that there exists an external world, that there exist objective truths about that world, and that my job is to discover some of them. Contemporary Cultural Theory 3rd ed.

The stated goal of the book is not to attack “philosophy, the humanities or the social sciences in general Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. That the theories of Irigiray, Guattari, Deleuze, et. Their sense of humor — admittedly born out of frustration — is also ill-suited to their enterprise and their snide asides do it no service either.

If one can symbolize the subject by this fundamental cut, in the same way one can show that a cut on a torus corresponds to the neurotic subject, and on a cross-cut surface to another sort of mental disease.


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They have limited their critique to those books that have ventured to nonsnese concepts from physics and mathematics. Much of the debate is about relativism — the absolute truth of science versus modern theory’s insistence on relativism.

This book is extremely charitible to the subject of its critique, in fact, but charity can only be taken so far. He was trying to make a very serious point: 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 meticulously examines these articles, and exposes the abuses. There is also another, much more significant way in which this book feels like it’s preaching to the choir.

Whereof one cannot speak, a truly wise man once suggested, thereof one should remain silent. Oct 09, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once caught, they refused to publish the subsequent paper in which Sokal explained the reason for his prank and how absurd the first article had been.

To the general public he is best known for his criticism of postmodernism, resulting in the Wokal affair in Not a lucid one, surely, for clarity would expose your lack of content. In fact, he’s not a very engaging writer. Hopefully I’ll find a copy of this book to go through, myself. They argue that this view nonsennse held by a number of people, including people who the authors label “postmodernists” and the Strong Programme in the sociology of science, and that it is illogical, impractical, and dangerous.