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Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: Product details Paperback Publisher: The selections are numbingly horrific, an outrage so maddening that we actually found it physically difficult to read the book. Certainly all ways of looking at something should be considered, but equally certainly most like sexed relativity can be quickly dismissed. Proper reasoning is no longer called for — when in fact it is the first thing that should be called for.
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The question is not completely black and white — of course relativism operates in many significant areas of human intercourse, including science — the question is in the how and where and of course the why. Comment by the sender of the contribution. See our Returns Policy. Sokal and Bricmont go to great lengths to maintain that they are only attacking the weak science of these works, but the inescapable conclusion is that thinkers who are willing to spew such claptrap without a thought for its meaning, and whose only goal is to cow and intimidate their audience through the use of incontestable terminology and concepts are, in fact, charlatans, and that while there might be some value in their charlatanry it is not really something we should look upon kindly.
Passages are cited and ridiculed, and Sokal and Bricmont then also make some larger slkal more general points. On the whole, however, the book is a tough slog. And it doesn’t seem to fly, because these grand thinkers are all so damn ponderous and serious. The original parody, included here, is a fairly fun read it can also be found online.
Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. The recognition of a conclusive analogy between two existing theories can often be very useful for the further development of both theories.
Our two cents re. Worth leafing through, but hard to recommend actually reading it. Share your thoughts with other customers. If nothing else though Sokal and Bricmont show that clarity is necessary, desirable, and really not all that hard to achieve — aokal that modern culture theory at least pick up that much.
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Eleganter Unsinn – die Postmoderne auf dem Prüfstand
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Sokal and Bricmont address the two-cultures debate, and the fact that science is so foreign to so many allowing it to be abused all the easier.
Then you can start reading Kindle books elegsnter your smartphone, elegater, or computer – no Kindle device required. An important book, it is nevertheless almost unreadable — mainly because of the absurd passages cited extensively by Sokal and Bricmont.
It seems fairly clear that the thinkers quoted use scientific terminology not for actual support though we are thinking that topology is a fun thing to apply to psychologybut because the abstract notion “science” lends their arguments credibility. The idea never caught on. Customers who bought this item also bought. The rest, slan on the pyramid of empty jargon of literary theory, sociology, psychology, etc.
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The science aspect is of course easy to debunk, and thank god Sokal and Bricmont elehanter done some of that work. Eleganter Unsinn – Deutschland.
Okay, we have a few differences with them too, especially stylistically Tom Wolfe tried using up all the exclamation marks available to American authors in his novel The Bonfire of the Vanitiesbut Sokal and Bricmont apparently found a load of them somewhere, which they diligently littered through their text.
Some critics do, however, have the gall to suggest that this is immaterial, that the ideas these great thinkers propound and propose are so significant that elegantee use of false, misleading, and irrelevant evidence to support them is perfectly valid.
Instead of having a good laugh and sending the essay back to Sokal the good folks at Social Text took it seriously and published it.
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Hail Sokal and Bricmont for wasting so much of their lives on such a ridiculous but apparently necessary task. No one can really deny that. As Sokal and Bricmont point out, even if the science the so-called thinkers cite were accurate most of the time it still has absolutely nothing to do with what they are actually trying pretending? Visit our Spkal Pages.
For those who do not recall it: The passages Sokal and Bricmont present are indeed examples of bad science to put it mildly.
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