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Over the past year, three scholars saw seven of their papers published in academic, peer-reviewed journals. But here’s the catch: the papers were utter nonsense. Although the language and jargon often sounded academic, the authors deliberately crafted the papers to be outlandish and even confusing. And guess what? It’s not the first time this has happened.
According to an article Writer’s Relief found in The Atlantic:
The sheer craziness of the papers the authors concocted makes this fact all the more shocking. One of their papers reads like a straightforward riff on the Sokal Hoax. Dismissing “western astronomy” as sexist and imperialist, it makes a case for physics departments to study feminist astrology—or practice interpretative dance…