Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science (French: Impostures . Richard Dawkins, in a review of this book, said regarding the discussion of . retrieved 2 July ; Richard Dawkins, “Postmodernism Disrobed. Yes, there are many “postmodern” papers and books which make absolutely no sense and Dawkins is right to make fun of them. Applying the. Postmodernism disrobed. Authors: Dawkins, Richard. Affiliation: AA(Richard Dawkins is at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford.

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Dawkins dawkiins a zealot in different colored robes. The post-modern critique of the “hegemony” of liberal rights regimes is a perfect example of your “democracy of thought” in action. This is problematic to me because it has no justifiable basis — it’s just as ad-hoc and just as unsound as a Freudian constantly asserting this or that unobservable, untestable subconscious motivation.

They are all over the place. Sqrt -1 – WTF! I used to think I was post-modern. I remain convinced that none of this is necessary, and it’s there simply because the culture encourages bad writing, in which it’s easier to hide pure bunk see 1. Originally Posted by Humes fork. Einstein’s equations are “sexed”, but Newton’s work was much worse. The chances are that you would produce something like the following: There are postmodern elements even in Homer, ridiculous as it is.

And it’s a more serious corruption of scientific discourse because it’s a Nature article. He just has very little patience for foolishness in general.

His ‘definition’ of compactness is not just false: Estragon on June 8, That’s an argument from the authority of Nature. Hence why I said to follow the logical implications back to the source.

That wasn’t so hard. We can only make truthful statements about which we have verifiable data. This is my question exactly.

Most of them are working, or don’t have the resources or time to allocate time and space to leisure, and somehow this is OK; the status quo remains unchallenged. In the works of Gaiman, a predominant concept is the distinction between opening and closing. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water.


I was merely using that as an example. Our society is at that point now where we need to fix some big issue problems, some limbs if you will, before we can even look at the root. Objective reality does exist. The word is youth, both plural and singular. A writer on structuralism in the Times Literary Supplement has suggested that thoughts which are confused and tortuous by reason of their profundity are most appropriately expressed in prose that is deliberately unclear.

They are supposed to be an overarching view of the knowledge and ideas that exist in the area of interest. First, will postmodernism leave lasting ideas at all? And if there is one important philosopher of this movement who never wrote absurd bullshit involving pretentious pseudo-science, who is s he?

The fact that I, from a postmodern point of view, acknowledge that any concept can be seen from a multitude of perspectives, doesn’t imply that these perspectives don’t overlap; in fact, they do, because if they didn’t, our world would be meaningless, no communication between humans would be possible at all.

They are contented with gathering data a publishing a book or just inflating their heads. The philosopher Thomas Postmodernlsm has supported Sokal and Bricmont, describing their book as consisting largely of “extensive quotations of scientific gibberish from name-brand French intellectuals, together with eerily patient explanations of why it is gibberish,” [11] and postmodernnism that “there does seem to be something about the Parisian scene that is particularly hospitable to reckless verbosity.

Another disclaimer, I am not a phenomenologist, I am an adherent of bounded economic rational choice and symbolic interaction.

Originally Posted by angrysoba By the way, even Chomsky had a brilliant take-down of post-modernism that is worth knowing about if at least because some people who might otherwise be attracted to PoMo might be dissuaded by a figure like Chompers. Dawkins knows his field, but his sophomoric understanding of philosophy is embarassing. If so, how can they be classified as “truthful”? How can you reasonably say at that point, that we cannot know what happens after death? The discussion became polarized between impassioned supporters and equally impassioned opponents of Sokal [ Also, dopefish could have replaced sophomoric with “poor”, or “uneducated” and more people would understand you, since sophomoric has no special extra meaning that applies here, it’s just a big word.


I find it boorish and stifling.

Postmodernism disrobed

Allow me to argue from anecdote and disrobes narrative for a moment. Find More Posts by MikeG. No, just that her quote isn’t saying anything worthwhile about gender and culture in science. I’ll accept that there’s some actual reasoning behind the opaque language, but if the only reasoning I can parse is demonstrably wrongthen I don’t have much confidence in the reasoning I can’t parse.

The prior phrasing stinks a little of white privilege. University of Minnesota Press. I don’t mean ALL of them. We agree on so many points and yet we disagree. It has had a deplorable influence on the quality of modern thought You project sounds really cool, and If I may, try to avoid segregation when dealing with identity, disrbed of making them feel unique, make them feel together with all of us in the planet, working hard and trying to live in peace, everyone around the world in trust and respect.

I don’t agree that they’re stupid, but I do think it’s to do with the lack of natural creativity. I don’t understand, are you saying that this stuff about phallic physics and rad negative one is supposed to mean something?

Dawkins savages postmodernism – International Skeptics Forum

Also, in humanities, definitions rarely, if ever, fit everything. Applying the criticism to “postmodernism” in general is plain wrong. What kind of literary style would you cultivate? The article never mentioned Baudrillard, so to say he is bullshit without evidence is no different than my dawkiins he is not bullshit.