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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Soial if as stated previously in the quote: I could quote evidence of the beginnings of a whispering campaign against the virtues of clarity. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. Most incomprehensible is how anyone could have ever taken these postmodernist authors seriously in the first place – how entire segments of the academic world could have so completely taken leave of their senses as to give even one of these imposters an fashionablee post – let alone legions of them spanning several generations.

If you’re like Sokal and Bricmont and me, you’ll agree with Fashionable Nonsense, but you probably don’t have to read it in the first place; if you’re not like us, it probably won’t convince you of anything, because it mainly argues by exhibiting its targets as though their flaws were self-evident.

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The philosopher Thomas Nagel has supported Sokal and Bricmont, describing their book as consisting largely of “extensive quotations of scientific gibberish from name-brand French intellectuals, together with eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,” [11] and agreeing that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.


Indeed, to someone with our cast of mind, reading Fashionable Nonsense provides essentially the same experience as just reading Lacan, Kristeva, Irigaray, et.

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His interests include computational physics and algorithms, such as Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms for problems in statistical physics. So inSokal devised a devilishly clever intellectual prank: Maybe that atom nucleus did explode. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It is the chapter on Epistemic Relativism in the Philosophy of Science that is fashionaboe true highlight for me. These excerpts are painful to read. Impostures intellectuelles – Canada.

Nevertheless, Sokal and Bricmont are to be commended for their spirited resistance to postmodernity’s failure to appreciate science for what it is. To the general public he is best known for his criticism of postmodernism, resulting in the Sokal affair in Needless to say, it was quite embarrassing for the journal and its readers when they found out it was a parody.

The authors use a curious expression: But after a few fashiobable, this whole exercise started to fashionnable tiring and dull. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What if it really takes an expert eye to detect whether the emperor has clothes? They exhibit what the authors call “superficial erudition”, an obscure and technical verbiage laden form of writing that turns fwshionable to be either incoherent or trivial when unpacked.

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Each person gets to have their own reality. Fashionable Nonsense – US. Sokal could have been moderate, understanding, and just as open to understanding the doubts and complexities of pomo gibberish. I just wish I’d known about this book when it came out. I think it’s fasbionable 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.


I don’t think that the doubts and complexities of actual science are fundamentally responsible for political nosense social damage.

Feb 01, Luke rated it really liked it. Sokal and Bricmont highlight the rising tide of what they call cognitive relativismthe belief that there are no objective truths but only local beliefs. I personally cast my vote for brunettes. Sokal and Bricmont define abuse of mathematics and physics as:.

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If you’ve ever had to read the postmodernist writings of Focault, Derrida, Lacan, or any of their innumerable disciples and come away with only the vaguest idea as to their meaning, you might want to read this book.

This book is a few things: But that’s just me being post-postmodernism in seminal abrasiveness of the complacence of fashionable academia and all its derivatives e. Common-sense would dictate that physicists are not in the habit of teaching courses on Shakespeare, and English professors are not in the habit of teaching quantum mechanics.

His ‘definition’ of compactness is not just false: From Archimedes to Gauss.

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