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Salvo 37

Salvo 37

Column: Deprogram — Topic: ScientismSalvo #37

The Hoax on Us

Drivel, Fraud & Gibberish in Scientific Papers by Denyse O'Leary


An entertaining but revealing development in science culture in recent years has been the intentionally nonsensical academic paper. Earlier this year, political scientist Peter Dreier admitted at Prospect that his abstract for a panel of six years ago, "On the Absence of Absences," was "academic drivel":

I tried, as best I could within the limits of my own vocabulary, to write something that had many big words but which made no sense whatsoever. I not only wanted to see if I could . . .


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