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Make one wonder about all those climate change papers.

 

A scholar whose carefully crafted fiction helped expose the rot within some sectors of the modern academy is now under fire from his home, Portland State University, although prominent academics throughout the West have risen to his defense.

Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University in Oregon, led a trio of scholars last year who submitted to leading publications what they called “intentionally broken” papers on gender, race and sexuality. Several of the absurd pieces were published.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/7/peter-boghossian-portland-state-univ-professor-fac/


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Mr. Boghossian was joined by James Lindsay, a mathematics doctoral candidate, and Helen Pluckrose, an English literature professor, in the celebrated ruse. All three described themselves as

left-wing supporters of gender, race and sexuality studies

This is what got them off the hook.


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4 hours ago, TBoneTX said:

 

This is what got them off the hook.

Actually I think that might have been part of the ruse to get the papers published. Now of course they may actually be ultra leftist, but the social experiment they conducted was great.


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20 hours ago, Bill & Katya said:

the social experiment they conducted was great.

Oh, agreed.  Lousy publication practices need to be exposed.


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“What they did was to write entire articles whose main theses they did not believe, and which indeed they considered absurd, as part of an experiment aimed at testing the intellectual standards of certain sectors of the contemporary academy,” he said.

 

Ahahaha, I didn't hear about this (I currently live in Portland). Curious what the "discipline" will be. Hats off to those profs, that was extremely gutsy to do in this town, which is one of the most liberal cities in all of the US, possibly only Berkeley, California can rival this place in that regard. They should be praised not punished, clearly the onus ought to be on the reviewers of such papers, not the authors..


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4 minutes ago, millefleur said:

reviewers of such papers

Many reviewers typically don't read deeply, if at all.  They accept things for publication because they like the topic or the paper's title.


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