Science Wars, Part 1 Million

Here’s an article about a surprising test by sociologist of science Harry Collins. Sure enough, experts can’t tell his answers from real physicists’ on a test about gravity.

I’m not sure where this is going, but I think it proves just about as much as The Original Sokal Affair did. It proves with some skill and cunning, you can pose as an insider in a field when you’re not–or perhaps more generally that it is not that hard to hoax people, especially when they are working in an environment of trust–and that such facts really have little to do with the overall quality of knowledge in any given field.

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