Fashionable Nonsense by Alan Sokal Explaining Postmodernism by Stephen R.C. Hicks Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer The Dictionary . INTRODUCTION. Fashionable Nonsense Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science. By ALAN SOKAL and JEAN BRICMONT Picador USA. So long as. Fashionable Nonsense. Alan Sokal, Author, Jean Bricmont, Joint Author Picador USA $23 (p) ISBN

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Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

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Witty and closely reasoned, Fashionable Nonsense dispels the notion that scientific theories are mere “narratives” or social constructions, and explored the abilities and the limits of science to describe the conditions of existence. If nothing else though Sokal and Bricmont show that clarity is necessary, desirable, and really not all that hard to achieve — would that modern culture theory at least pick up that much.

One particular form of their pretentiousness is their ab use of scientific concepts and jargon in their writing.

And as feminist thinkers have repeatedly pointed out, in the present culture this contamination is overwhelmingly capitalist, patriarchal, and militaristic: He suggests there are plenty of scientists who have pointed out the difficulty of attacking his response. A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists.

We can clearly see that there is no bi-univocal correspondence between linear signifying links or archi-writing, depending on the author, and this multireferential, multi-dimensional machinic catalysis.

In particular, he studies the interplay between these fields based on questions arising in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory. In it he demonstrates every abuse of science he’s seen, conflating subjects that have nothing to do with each other, exaggerating, distorting, misunderstanding, and mis-stating scientific facts. Or to put it rather bluntly, the Strong Programme basically states that there is no such thing as observable rationality or reason.


Fashionable Nonsense : Postmodern Intellectuals\’ Abuse of Science

It’s a shame our money is spent so foolishly to support the production of postmodern and obscurantist skkal. In the quoted excerpts from the PoMos, it always turns out that they don’t understand the technical concepts that are using, or that the use of them is gratuitous, that the comparisons and analogies made between a math or science concept and something in literature or sociology is not adequately justified. Aug 25, Yves rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is thus a pure delight for anyone fed up and annoyed by pompous and farcical ‘philosophers’ being, dangerously enough, taken seriously fzshionable some pedantic leftist circles.

What we have here is a catalogue of some of the most blatantly stupid and lazy things ever written by an academic of some prestige, all of which have in common the tendency to invoke scientific and mathematic concepts the author does not understand. As for the prank itself – vanity is something that afflicts all of us, including scientists.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If philosophers hold up Fashionabble and Kristeva and some others for praise after they write such garbage, there is a big problem there.

Sep 10, Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it Recommends it for: So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had. He replied to leftist and postmodernist criticism of the deception by fazhionable that his motivation had been to “defend the Left from a trendy segment of itself.

But Derrida makes me wonder.

The book has a lot of such examples from various prominent pomo thinkers. It is okay if a functions have no constants at all, like: I do wonder what it’s like on the other side of the bridge; this book gives little insight into that question. I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler fashioable — such as, What do you mean by nonsebse, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, Can you read?


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

Kindle locations are given in brackets []. Tell a lie once! Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science French: A writer on structuralism in the Times Literary Supplement has suggested that thoughts which are confused and tortuous by reason of their profundity are most appropriately expressed in prose that is deliberately unclear.

Whereof one cannot speak, a truly wise man once suggested, thereof one should remain silent. But a philosopher who is caught equating the erectile organ to the square root of minus one has, for my money, blown his credentials when it comes to things that I don’t know anything about. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Postmodernism, a trend fashionable in some social science and humanist circles, adopts the view that rejects the rationalism of nonzense enlightenment and proposes that science is a “social construction” or “narration” and that there is no need to look for empirical evidence.

I think it’s crucial that respectable academics stop purveying semantically vacuous nonsense that egregiously expropriates terms that have precise scientific meanings, with demonstrably no understanding whatever of those meanings, for the purpose of furthering an atmosphere of moral equivalency for sense and nonsense.

In the face of such abysmal intellectual denial, scientific reason can only repeatedly make the claim that there are such things as facts, and that they are observable. And it nonsenwe seem to fly, because these grand thinkers are all so damn ponderous and serious.