The Sokal affair in Social Text

Saturday 3 January 2004

Almost eight years ago, physicist Alan Sokal wrote a bogus parody of a post-modernist paper and submitted it to the journal Social Text, which published it in all sincerity as genuine. This caused a great commotion, and there was much debate about it. For example, the Washington Post wrote an editorial about it.

I mention all this because I just found out that Alan Sokal is the brother of a friend. That’s all.

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