Sokal Squared

Reading here about the “Sokal Squared” hoax. It leaves me disoriented with very contradictory feelings–just like the very heterogeneous responses gathered in What the ‘Grievance Studies’ Hoax Means.

I particularly sympathize with David Schieber’s attitude. Schieber peer-reviewed one of the surrealist papers written by the trio of hoaxers. He rejected it but tried to offer constructive feedback: “It is impossible to know who is on the other end of blind peer review, and it is reasonable to assume the person has good intentions, even if the paper is mediocre or worse.”