Hoax and reality


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What did Sokal mean by this? In Sokal's own words, "This . . . statement is utterly meaningless, but it sounds good in certain circles." Sokal's intent was to parody the post modernist, relativist views of science that he felt were prevalent in Social Text and other like minded academic venues, and to see if by speaking the language of proponents of these views, he could get his parody published as a serious academic paper. In short, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity" was a hoax. Its acceptance and publication reverberated beyond the academic world to the front page of the New York Times.
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