Friday, February 03, 2006

Gobbledegook

David Duff and I have been exchanging views on the use of social science gobbledegook. I thought this would amuse. Thanks to Harry's Place for the link.

I've never actually read any Chomsky. From the looks of these cartoons, this may be a good thing.



For the sake of completeness, here's a link to the Sokal Affair.

4 Comments:

  • At 6:02 pm , Blogger Joe Otten said...

    The same gag could be made about most intellectuals. Noam is a anarchist and his quote on the calendar is normal anarchist banter.

    The Sokal business is a different kettle of fish - exposing the intellectual emptiness of postmodernism.

    Anarchism is empty in a rather more down to earth way.

     
  • At 12:22 pm , Blogger Biscit said...

    I've read chomsky. He can be insightful, and thought provolking in small doses, but the small book I read really ground me down and I did on one level regret buying it.

     
  • At 5:48 pm , Blogger Simon said...

    Noam Chomsky is an apologist for totalitarianism and an intellectual fraud. His bullying and hectoring of his critics has often disguised that his methodology is extremely suspect. Plenty of Chomsky dissection is available at Oliver Kamm's blog. Generally, I recommend that Chomsky be read with eyes wide open, and with the foreknowledge that he intends to pull many fast one's in his blind hatred for both the United States and Israel.

     
  • At 6:15 am , Blogger Femme de Resistance said...

    Noam Chomsky is... an intellectual fraud.

    But he did write some good stuff in linguistics at the beginning of his career, didn't he?

    Likewise, Richard Dawkins has become an atheist fundamentalist but his early stuff made valuable contributions to evolutionary biology.

     

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