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What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« on: October 05, 2018, 12:56:43 »
What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia  :facepalm:

Over the past 12 months, three scholars—James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian—wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. Their success rate was remarkable: By the time they took their experiment public late on Tuesday, seven of their articles had been accepted for publication by ostensibly serious peer-reviewed journals. Seven more were still going through various stages of the review process. Only six had been rejected.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/
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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 13:40:31 »
What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia  :facepalm:

Over the past 12 months, three scholars—James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian—wrote 20 fake papers using fashionable jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and tried to get them placed in high-profile journals in fields including gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. Their success rate was remarkable: By the time they took their experiment public late on Tuesday, seven of their articles had been accepted for publication by ostensibly serious peer-reviewed journals. Seven more were still going through various stages of the review process. Only six had been rejected.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/new-sokal-hoax/572212/

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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2018, 13:58:36 »
Is anyone that's ever attended university really surprised by this?

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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 14:45:38 »
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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 21:48:41 »
Bullsh*t baffles brains
I just hope they provided proper footnotes LOL

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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 23:25:31 »
I remember a gag I pulled on one of my professors in college - he had a rather young child at the time, so I figured it was worth the risk.

I'm utterly baffled as to why people complain about having to write 2 000 word papers, considering that if you've done the research properly, it's less than an hour's worth of work.

He had set the assignment up so that the word count on the exams were far more of a guideline than a requirement - if you could say in 500 words what would take another person 2 000, you didn't have to pad to the 2 000.

Well, I did, anyway.

By writing "The song that never ends" for three pages after clearly marking the end of my actual paper.

I'm a little worried about the professor's mental health, given that my audacity in doing so caused him to return the paper with commentary. What he said was pretty simple - Nice try.

I do wish there was some semblance of humour left in academia.

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Re: What an Audacious Hoax Reveals About Academia
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2018, 01:15:14 »
I do wish there was some semblance of humour left in academia.

They passed me, so that must be proof enough... :)
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