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Sokal hoaxer punished: Science has left the building

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The National Association of Scholars weighs in on the Peter Boghossian case:

Portland State University is punishing Peter Boghossian for demonstrating that grievance studies are nonsense. Dr. Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State, joined two other academics to hoax the purveyors of gender studies and kindred fields committed to turning personal gripes into taxpayer-funded “studies.”

Boghossian and his colleagues submitted articles including an analysis of “canine rape culture” and an extract from “Mein Kampf” translated into the language of feminist theory. These were accepted by what counts as “major” journals in these pseudo-disciplines. In 2018, Boghossian and his colleagues made public these hoaxes, which elegantly and hilariously made the point that these fields’ “scholarship” cannot be distinguished from applesauce and horsefeathers.

Almost instantly Boghossian’s university brought him up on charges of “research misconduct.” The theory was that he should have told the editors of the journals that he was hoaxing them. Allegations of this sort multiplied. He was cleared of most of them, but Portland State stuck with the idea that he had carried out “improper research on human subjects.”

Peter Wood and David Randall, “Portland State U Punishes Professor For Proving Gender Studies Is A Joke” at The Federalist

The “human subjects” are the incompetent rage bunnies who did not spot the hoaxes. Need more be said?

The historic moment here is their awesome lack of a sense of shame. At one time, people would ask hard questions of themselves if they looked as silly as this, rather than rushing to blame someone else.

See also: Portland U Prof Who Hoaxed Social Science Journals To Prove A Point Is Punished

Jerry Coyne discovers the lack of intellectual freedom on campus

Social Science Hoax Papers: Putting A Respectable Face On Persecuting The Hoaxers

Embattled “Social Sciences Hoax” Prof Is Not A Hero, He’s A Canary

Social Science Hoaxer’s Job At Risk For Revealing “Bias”

Sokal hoaxes strike social science again

Exposing gender studies as a Sokal hoax

Social Science Hoax Papers Is One Of RealClearScience’s Top Junk Science Stories Of 2018


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4 Replies to “Sokal hoaxer punished: Science has left the building

  1. 1
    Brother Brian says:

    He is a university professor who knowingly submitted falsified data for publication. Of course he should be disciplined. The fact that the journals should have done a better job reviewing the papers is irrelevant.

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    ET says:

    This guy is a hero. He proved that the system is fake. And now the system has no choice but to hit back. He should be applauded and promoted.

    The world needs more researchers like him, ie willing to expose the BS of journal publishing

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    Bob O'H says:

    Here’s an interesting piece that looks at the specifics of the issue, and suggests that it’s clear that Boghossian should have got an IRB to look at the research. The punishment that is described seems reasonable: he can’t do any work on human subjects until he’s trained in how to do it.

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    PaV says:

    Bob O’H:

    What “human subjects” did he “work on”?

    Everything was made up. Did he fool people? Yes. Is that “work[ing] on” “humand subjects”? Well, if that’s the case, then evolutionary biolgists do it all the time. Should the get an IRB too?

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