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Skeptics duped by fake prof

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This could happen to anyone, of course:

Between 2016 and 2019 a writer named John Anthony Glynn, whose biography includes a Ph.D. in psychology and professorships of psychology at several universities, had four articles published in Skeptic and eSkeptic (the online edition of print Skeptic). While we edited and fact-checked his articles, we did not verify his biographical claims and we were duped. A number of red flags that emerged over the past few months led to an investigation that revealed Mr. Glynn faked his Ph.D. As the Publisher and Editor of Skeptic I should have been more alert to these red flags and I take full responsibility for the publication of these articles under the pretense of his unearned expertise. I apologize to our readers and promise that from now on we will be more vigilant in our fact-checking. A Ph.D. is not required to publish in Skeptic, but fabricating one is disqualifying. Further research revealed that Mr. Glynn represented himself as a Ph.D. psychologist to several academic institutions (academic fraud), and under those credentials he published over 40 articles in 15 different publication outlets in 2019 alone (journalistic fraud). The extent of this calculated, systematic, and repeated deception warrants publishing our findings, the details of which follow.


Michael Shermer, “The Fabulist and the Publisher” at Skeptic

Of course, it’s more embarrassing for a celeb skeptic.

But look on the bright side. At least they care. In the social sciences, it’s the guy revealing flimflam who gets punished.

But why, exactly, is a PhD so important? The Sokal hoax-ees all have PhDs, probably, and what good did that ever do?


See also: Sokal Hoaxer Punished: Science Has Left The Building

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3 Replies to “Skeptics duped by fake prof

  1. 1
    Aeneas Pietas says:

    I guess they just were not sceptical enough.

  2. 2
    polistra says:

    Credentials are irrelevant. Truth is truth no matter who says it, lies are lies no matter who writes them.

  3. 3
    FourFaces says:

    LOL. This is exquisitely hilarious.

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