Alan Sokal, Professor of Mathematics at University College London and Professor Emeritus of Physics at New York University, discusses his (in)famous "Sokal hoax" (1996), how the hoax was almost revealed, and the contemporary issues that have followed from his Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture (Oxford UP, 2008). Covering the historical backdrop of the current debates over identity politics, Sokal discusses the 1950’s “Two Cultures Controversy” ignited by CP Snow, the culture wars of late 1980s and early 1990s and the ensuing “science wars” of the 1990s. Sokal examines the ways in which politics of the left and the right affected academic debates on science and the humanities, and how identity politics has become a dog whistle where orthodoxy to anti-science hokum indicts the subject as being necessarily affiliated with the far-right. Analysing the current debate on gender identity and the attack on women’s rights, Sokal discusses the effects of critical theory on this debate noting the anti-intellectual core to academic debates today whereby the analysis of “oppression” has been elevated to the status of an “unquestionable truth” noting the turn from a radical relativism to a dogmatic absolutism. Sokal critiques reified postmodernism where political principles have firmly fixed themselves to fundamental truths that cannot possibly be questioned. Get full access to Savage Minds at savageminds.substack.com/subscribe
#42 Alan Sokal : Thoughts On The Grievance Studies Affair
Vincent Debierre interviews Alan Sokal, Professor of Mathematics at University College London and Professor of Physics at New York University.Musique by CelestiC :https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFpG47llQKJuZ935fPM7H7QAudio mixing by Arnaud Demion.
A conversation about intellectual rigor and intellectual confusion with New York University physicist Alan Sokal, the man behind the "Sokal Hoax" and author of Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture. [download] [MOI home] [MOI archive]
Audio compilation - Baroness Susan Greenfield, Raymond Tallis & Alan Sokal (July 2008)
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In this first podcast, presented by Bristol Festival of Ideas and sponsored by the Philosopher's Magazine, George Miller looks back at some of the highlights of the 2008 Bristol Festival of Ideas. Baroness Susan Greenfield, Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford University, Director of the Royal Institution and a member of the House of Lords, talks about her new book 'ID: The Quest for Meaning in the 21st Century'.Raymond Tallis, polymath, poet and Emeritus Professor of Gerontology, then discusses what goes on inside our heads with reference to his new book, 'The Kingdom of Infinite Space'. He is followed by Alan Sokal, Professor of Physics at New York University, who talks about pseudo-science, religion and misinformation in public life.This podcast is 30 minutes long (28MB), and is the first in a series that will be issued each month from now until autumn. If you would like to hear more interviews with selected speakers from this year's Festival, please visit our website at: www.ideasfestival.co.uk/audio.html.Presented by Bristol Festival of Ideas (www.ideasfestival.co.uk) and the Philosopher's Magazine (www.philosophersnet.com).