Re: the arrogance of postmodern mumbo jumbo

Len Piotrowski (
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 13:07:45 GMT

In article <> Stephen Barnard <> writes:


>Stephen Barnard wrote:
>> In May, 1996 Alan Sokal, a physicist at NYU, published a paper in
>> _Social_Text_, a leading journal of cultural studies. The title of this
>> paper was "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative
>> Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity."
>> It was transparent bullshit, or a brilliant parody, depending on your
>> point of view. Sokal's intention was to see whether such a journal
>> would accept this parody at face value, just because it parroted the
>> required postmodern jargon and reached the politically correct
>> conclusions that the editors liked.

>I'm still waiting for a representative of the campus left to reply to
>this. The silence is deafening.

> Steve Barnard

Dear Stephen,

Just what is it you're waiting for? Your self-absorbed anticipation of the
great non-event is perplexing. Perhaps you have a point to make besides
sustained effect?



"If you can't remember what mnemonic means, you've got a problem."
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