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ColoradoGuy
01-30-2007, 03:37 AM
After a prodding from Medievalist and with a nodding toward our own Sokal (whose choice in screen names clearly shows amusement at the whole affair), here is a link (http://www.physics.nyu.edu/faculty/sokal/lingua_franca_v4/lingua_franca_v4.html) to the infamous Sokal Affair, in which a physicist hoodwinked a post-modish journal into publishing a completely silly send-up of Theory. The journal, at least at first, was not in on the joke. They were not amused.

pdr
01-30-2007, 04:47 AM
And I'm still laughing. Heavy day's work so can't study and analyse the article but cheers for another who sees the Emperor's New Clothes!!!!

Thank you so much for so much hilarity. I wish I could translate it for my Japanese students who are serious medical researchers!

Would love to discuss it, at my basic level please, later.

Medievalist
01-30-2007, 05:01 AM
I take enormous pleasure, not to mention schadenfreude at some of the faculty cited in that piece. Do look at Sokal's followups as well.

robeiae
01-30-2007, 06:02 AM
In Heinlein's Number of the Beast, there is some amusing background for the main character reminiscent of this.

Higgins
01-30-2007, 06:09 AM
And I'm still laughing. Heavy day's work so can't study and analyse the article but cheers for another who sees the Emperor's New Clothes!!!!

Thank you so much for so much hilarity. I wish I could translate it for my Japanese students who are serious medical researchers!

Would love to discuss it, at my basic level please, later.


Here's a link with Japanese sections:

http://www.math.tohoku.ac.jp/~kuroki/Sokal/

alaskamatt17
01-31-2007, 01:21 AM
That is hilarious.

pdr
01-31-2007, 04:56 AM
I'll try to provoke my medicos with some thoughts about it.