- A physicist who, in 1996, successfully published his infamous paper: Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity
in a peer reviewed journal.
The problem? The paper was total gibberish (which he immediately revealed after the paper was published). It was published in a prestigious journal (according to Dr. Sokal) because:
- It contained the right buzzwords, and
- It was flattering to the editors' "ideological preconceptions"
This is sometimes referred to as the Sokal Hoax
or the Sokal Affair
. Specific instances of these (and there are many) are referred to as Sokalisms
. Persuasive arts types who have chosen to make their living promoting themselves as experts in various science and technology fields will often use the term Sokalist
as a derogatory term, to refer to people who would dare to speak of Sokal's experiment as a consideration.
"For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
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-Ecclesiastes 5:3 kjv