Back in pre-Twitter 1996, a Physics professor from New York named Alan Sokal engaged in a legendary act of trolling. Sokal submitted a hoax article to a postmodern academic journal which was, in Sokal’s own words, ‘salted with nonsense’.
The idea was that the journal’s grip on reality had become so loose that they would publish any old rubbish just so long as it played to their biases. And so it proved. Sokal’s article “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity” made the summer issue.
This week on Taking The Myth, Stephen Knight and A Scotsman Abroad discuss the big topics with guest callers. Topics include: Hamza Tzortzis’s details being found on the Ashley Madison leak, the Virginia shooting, gun control, Donald Trump’s Hair, Jeremy Corbyn, The Guardian’s hatchet job on Maajid Nawaz, the left’s alignment with Islamists and A Scotsman Abroad blames religion for something.
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