The Sokal Hoax

posted Dec 2, 2010, 2:35 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 2:49 AM ]
'But why did I do it? I confess that I'm an unabashed Old Leftist who never quite understood how deconstruction was supposed to help the working class. 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.' [1996]

(1)  If you want to torture yourself, you can read Alan Sokal's hoax nonsense article, 'Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity', Social Text, 46-47 (1996), 217-252.
(2)  'Fair enough: anyone who believes that the laws of physics are mere social conventions is invited to try transgressing those conventions from the windows of my apartment. (I live on the twenty-first floor.)'  You can read Alan Sokal's gleeful unmasking of his own hoax as 'A Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies', Lingua Franca (May/June 1996), 62-64.

...and more recently, Alan Sokal has
taken aim at an accused plagiarist at Rutgers University.