Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture by Alan Sokal

By Alan Sokal

Famed for his 1996 hoax that parodied the extraordinary postmodernist feedback of technology, Alan Sokal the following exposes many different examples of charlatanism, deflating the postmodernists of the left, the fundamentalists of the proper, and the muddle-headed of all political and apolitical stripes. Sokal does revisit his notorious hoax--the unique article is incorporated within the e-book, with new explanatory footnotes--to light up concerns which are with us much more pressingly this present day. however the e-book levels a ways past this one well-known case, to bare for example how conservative politicians and executives are fortunately manipulating the vaporous tenets of postmodernism to vague the medical consensus on worldwide warming, organic evolution, second-hand smoke, and a bunch of alternative concerns. Written with infrequent lucidity, a full of life wit, and a prepared appreciation of the real-world effects of sloppy pondering, Beyond the Hoax bargains an interesting argument for the very important value of evidence-based technological know-how, displaying that transparent considering, mixed with a admire for facts, are of the maximum value to the survival of the human race.

Show description

Read Online or Download Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture PDF

Best postmodernism books

The Moon in Its Flight: Stories


Bearing his trademark stability among exquisitely unique narration, ground-breaking shape, and sharp perception into smooth lifestyles, Gilbert Sorrentino’s first-ever selection of tales spans 35 years of his writing profession and comprises either new tales and those who extended and reworked the panorama of yankee fiction after they first seemed in such magazines and anthologies as Harper’s, Esquire, and the easiest American brief Stories.

In those grimly comedian, unsentimental stories, the always-memorable characters dive headlong into the wilderness of city tradition, searching out banal perversions, complicated paintings with the paintings scene, mistaking lust for romance, and letting petty aspirations get the simplest of them. this can be a global the place the yankee dream is embodied within the moonlit cocktail hour and innocence passes at a breakneck pace, speedily changing into a nostalgia-ridden cliché. As Sorrentino says within the name tale, “art can't rescue anyone from anything,” yet his tales do provide a few salvation to every folks by way of finding wish, humor, and sweetness amidst a winning wind of cynical despair.

Gilbert Sorrentino has released over 20 books of fiction and poetry, together with the vintage Mulligan Stew and his most up-to-date novel, Little on line casino, which was once shortlisted for the 2003 PEN/Faulkner Award. After twenty years at the college at Stanford collage, he lately again to his local Brooklyn.

Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century

Literary Theory/Cultural reports A foundational examine modern makes use of of the Victorian and the presence of the previous in postmodern tradition. Celebrated movies via Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, and Ang Lee; best-selling novels through A. S. Byatt and William Gibson; revivals of Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll's Alice, and sentimental images; special effects and cyberpunk performances: modern tradition, low and high, has fallen in love with the 19th century.

After Southern Modernism: Fiction of the Contemporary South

The literature of the modern South may possibly top be understood for its discontinuity with the literary prior. At odds with traditions of the Southern Renascence, southern literature of at the present time sharply refutes the Nashville Agrarians and stocks few of Faulkner's and Welty's matters approximately position, group, and historical past.

Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism

Eschewing allegiance to specific literary activities, Robert Rebein deals a smart topographical map of up to date American fiction. Rebein argues that a lot literary fiction of the Eighties and 90s represents a effective, if tortured, go back to questions on position and the person who encouraged the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and different giants of yankee literature.

Additional resources for Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture

Example text

This phenomenon — which Einstein termed "spooky" — imposes a radical reevaluation of the traditional mechanistic concepts of space, object and causality , and suggests an alternative worldview in which the universe is characterized by interconnectedness and (w)holism: what physicist David Bohm has called "implicate order". New Age interpretations of these insights from quantum physics have often gone overboard in unwarranted speculation, but the general soundness of the argument is undeniable. In Bohr's words, "Planck's discovery of the elementary quantum of action ...

T]he experience of pain . . causes us to discover the pin and thus causes the production of a cause. [D]econstruction reverses the hierarchical opposition of the causal scheme. The distinction between cause and effect makes the cause an origin, logically and temporally prior. The effect is derived, secondary, dependent upon the cause [T]he deconstruction upsets the hierarchy by producing an exchange of properties. If the effect is what causes the cause to become a cause, then the effect, not the cause, should be treated as the origin.

If the effect is what causes the cause to become a cause, then the effect, not the cause, should be treated as the origin. By showing that the argument which elevates cause can be used to favor effect, one uncovers and undoes the rhetorical operation responsible for the hierarchization and one produces a significant displacement. If either cause or effect can occupy the position of origin, then origin is no longer originary; it loses its metaphysical privilege. 25 THE PARODY, A N N O T A T E D Thus, general relativity forces upon us radically new and counterintuitive notions of space, time and c a u s a l i t y ; so it is not surprising that it has had a profound impact not only on the natural sciences but also on philosophy, literary criticism, and the human sciences.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.50 of 5 – based on 10 votes