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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Transgressing Science...

Every now and then it's probably worth going back to re-read physicist Alan Sokal's 1996 'parody' paper, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity," which was submitted and embarrasingly accepted for publication by the professional journal "Social Text," much to the editors' later chagrin.

Read the original paper in its entirety here:


And much more below from Sokal on the controversy that he initiated:


And later Alan authored an entire book, "Beyond the Hoax," recounting the whole affair.

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