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Thursday, October 11, 2018

I can't remember if I posted this or not

But it's funny enough to share twice.

A group of scholars has been getting bogus studies published in peer-reviewed journals to make the point that many in academia no longer value reason when it comes to gender issues. 
Helen Pluckrose, a researcher and author; James Lindsay, who has a doctorate in math and is also an author, and philosophy professor Peter Boghossian noticed that “Something has gone wrong in the university – especially in certain fields within the humanities.” The trio set out to prove just how easy it would be to publish various studies of a dubious nature in respected journals.
I think it's safe to say that liberalism has destroyed the credibility of academic institutions in a way that they won't ever get back.

For one year, the three submitted academic papers to journals covering “cultural studies,” “identity studies” – such as gender studies – and “critical theory.” They submitted 20 papers to relevant journals. So far, seven have been accepted (four of which have already been published online), seven more are under review, and six were rejected. The scholars also say they received four offers to peer-review other papers because of their own studies.

"BUT IT WAS PEER REVIEWED IN A SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL!"  My respect for "peer reviewed" has plummeted in recent years, but it's pretty much hit rock bottom now.  I still respect the STEM fields, as you can't get away with bullshit nearly as easily as you can with the humanities.

The accepted but not yet published studies included a paper explaining that the critique of social justice is unethical, one that was nothing more than “bitter, divorced feminist” ramblings created using a “teenage angst poetry generator,” and one that rewrote part of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” with “fashionable buzzwords.”
Now see, that last one doesn't surprise me one bit - the left is in love with National Socialism, they just won't admit it until they have the manpower for the camps and the cattle cars.

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