June 12, 2009

But I Have Promises to Keep...

I promised George a longer reply than just "no" on my objections to the video link on science and Buddhism that he posted earlier today. The reply is now up at my site: Keeping an Open Mind is a Virtue, but not so Open that Your Brains Fall Out. Here is the first paragraph, to whet your appetites, your knives, or both:

Alan Sokal was a teaching assistant in my quantum mechanics (QM) course. I still recall vividly the day he came with a graph showing the spike of the first-ever observed strange particle. I remember, too, the playful twinkle in his eye. Thirteen years ago, Alan (at this point a physics professor at NYU) submitted a paper to the prominent cultural studies journal Social Text, titled “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”.

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