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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The forgery of knowledge

A team of three ethnographicists conclusively demonstrate how modern scholastics is a complete forgery of knowledge:
Our approach is best understood as a kind of reflexive ethnography—that is, we conducted a study of a peculiar academic culture by immersing ourselves within it, reflecting its output and modifying our understanding until we became “outsiders within” it.

Our objective was to learn about this culture and establish that we had become fluent in its language and customs by publishing peer-reviewed papers in its top journals, which usually only experts in the field are capable of doing. Because we came to conceptualize this project as a kind of reflexive ethnographic study in which we sought to understand the field and how it works by participating in it, obtaining peer reviewers’ comments about what we were doing right and what needed to change to make absurd theses acceptable was central to the project. Indeed, the reviewers’ comments are in many ways more revealing about the state of these fields than the acceptances themselves.

While our papers are all outlandish or intentionally broken in significant ways, it is important to recognize that they blend in almost perfectly with others in the disciplines under our consideration. To demonstrate this, we needed to get papers accepted, especially by significant and influential journals. Merely blending in couldn’t generate the depth necessary for our study, however. We also needed to write papers that took risks to test certain hypotheses such that the fact of their acceptance itself makes a statement about the problem we’re studying (see the Papers section, below). Consequently, although this study does not qualify as being particularly controlled, we did control one important variable: the big-picture methodology we used to write every paper.

Our paper-writing methodology always followed a specific pattern: it started with an idea that spoke to our epistemological or ethical concerns with the field and then sought to bend the existing scholarship to support it. The goal was always to use what the existing literature offered to get some little bit of lunacy or depravity to be acceptable at the highest levels of intellectual respectability within the field. Therefore, each paper began with something absurd or deeply unethical (or both) that we wanted to forward or conclude. We then made the existing peer-reviewed literature do our bidding in the attempt to get published in the academic canon.

This is the primary point of the project: What we just described is not knowledge production; it’s sophistry. That is, it’s a forgery of knowledge that should not be mistaken for the real thing. The biggest difference between us and the scholarship we are studying by emulation is that we know we made things up.
The papers they managed to get published are hilarious, including one that is literally a feminist rewrite of a chapter from Mein Kampf. One paper, Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon, even "gained special recognition for excellence from its journal, Gender, Place, and Culture, a highly ranked journal that leads the field of feminist geography. The journal honored it as one of twelve leading pieces in feminist geography as a part of the journal’s 25th anniversary celebration."

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80 Comments:

Blogger Rickaby007 October 03, 2018 8:33 AM  

It wouldn't be beyond belief if word broke that the works of feminist academia are nothing more than part of a sophisticated troll operation. I've rarely seen anything come from feminist circles that wasn't outright wrong.

Blogger JACIII October 03, 2018 8:38 AM  

Godfrey Elfwick level trolling.

Idiot Affirmative Action Professors are professors only because of Affirmative Action programs. No way you could see that coming.

It's a great time to be alive! 2018 is LIT!

Blogger Dr Caveman October 03, 2018 8:44 AM  

Top kek of Elfwickian proportions

This is the best way to address the absurdity that is becoming commonplace in the humanities.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan October 03, 2018 8:46 AM  

This is just awful, do you know how hard the Civnat Conclowns work at legitimizing the Left at every step? How in the eff is George Will going to straighten his bow tie and legitimize dog park sodomy, how?

I nominate David "Doctor Ford is credible" Limbaugh as Civnat Conclown of the week.

Blogger The Observer October 03, 2018 8:46 AM  

This is the best way to address the absurdity that is becoming commonplace in the humanities.

Humanities? Oh no no no. Feminist physics. Feminist geography. Feminist maths.

That sexy secular scientopia? It's not coming any time soon.

Blogger Warunicorn October 03, 2018 8:52 AM  

"Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon"


Dear. Lord.

See, this is why the saucers don't land... lol

Blogger Unknown October 03, 2018 9:01 AM  

once again, Progressives are beyond ridicule.

20 years ago, no editor would have allowed an author to write fiction so absurd.

AND NOW IT'S REAL.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 03, 2018 9:02 AM  

"I've rarely seen anything come from feminist circles that wasn't outright wrong."

Most of their stuff I see, it would be a relief if it were just wrong, rather than staggeringly, mind-numbingly wrong in a manner that nearly defies external description because of the microscopic solipsistic circles unerringly described.

They thought we were kidding about Cultural Marxism, then the tornado sent a tree through their mental house.

And yes, when law is subset of culture and governs the scientific profession regarded as intelligentsia, cultural corruption means that ersatz-intellectual corruption is right down the pipe. Queue feedback until blood decides it hurts too much to continue.

Blogger widlast washere October 03, 2018 9:04 AM  

I might be a bit old and slow, but what the hell is 'feminist geography' supposed to be? Geographic features that look like feminine anatomy? Les Gran Tetons!

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 03, 2018 9:09 AM  

"That sexy secular scientopia? It's not coming any time soon."

Well, yeah. Any magic, believed to be understood, is called science.

It's about time for another round of "you don't know jack" smackdown. Turns out they've been worshiping another kneecapped idol, and threadbare delusions aren't the magic powers they were looking for.

Blogger dienw October 03, 2018 9:11 AM  

widlast washere wrote:I might be a bit old and slow, but what the hell is 'feminist geography' supposed to be? Geographic features that look like feminine anatomy? Les Gran Tetons!
You asked and it has been given

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 03, 2018 9:12 AM  

"I might be a bit old and slow, but what the hell is 'feminist geography' supposed to be?"

You're fine, it's just another blatant lie with a quick coat of sophistication -- what Vox calls bafflegarble, or was that bafflegab? Same difference.

Blogger Krymneth October 03, 2018 9:20 AM  

With respect to my Ilk peers, this is far beyond Godfrey. You can find a hundred people to like and retweet anything on Twitster. It doesn't prove much. But this is nominally the "peer review"-guarded castle. This is a good stick to hit people with who think they FLScience, and who think these journals are real science. It may not convince many, as such is the mileu of this age, but still, it may quietly make a few people think in a way beyond what Godfrey could.

(And I do mean "a few". I'm well aware the vast bulk of brains in this area are either long gone or rotted beyond hope. But still, it's good to put this stuff out there.)

Blogger Laramie Hirsch October 03, 2018 9:21 AM  

is literally a feminist rewrite of a chapter from Mein Kampf

That is so entirely insane and believable.

The only reason there hasn't been a violent civil war is because of the comforts of technology.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine October 03, 2018 9:25 AM  

"The only reason there hasn't been a violent civil war is because of the comforts of technology."

If that isn't the truth I don't know what is.

Things are still relatively peaceful because things are still relatively comfortable. When (most) people start wondering what happened to the last of the literal seedstock, and why they feel so hungry, that's when the pedal hits the metal.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 9:30 AM  

From the linked article:

"[A paper] recommending men anally self-penetrate in order to become less transphobic, more feminist, and more concerned about the horrors of rape culture (“Dildos”)."

A few days ago I saw a reference to an Ivy League economist who is predicting that 50% of all US colleges are going to be bankrupt in 10-15 years. My guess is the ones that survive will have jettisoned this nonsense. Which raises the question, what is going to happen when hordes of these unemployable harpies and grievance study mongers lose their sinecures?

Blogger Laramie Hirsch October 03, 2018 9:30 AM  

Vox, you've captured American history over the last twenty years with this blog. You should make it all a multi-volume book to preserve it. The details of society's madness are preserved in amber with this blog.

Blogger Randomatos October 03, 2018 9:31 AM  

The project as a whole goes a long ways to explaining why David the Good left the States. If you're going to be surrounded by BS artists, they should be of the organic fertilizer variety, not academics.

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey October 03, 2018 9:31 AM  

These people are my new heroes. They have trundled down into the vast Slough of Despond where bafflegab is the coin of the realm (this is the same swamp that spawned Jordan Peterson). Hilariously, they even used an online teenage angst poetry generator to produce much of one of their so-called papers and it got published. Outstanding!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 9:33 AM  

If I was running a business I think I would send HR phony resumes with majors in various grievance studies and experience in related jobs, and if they didn't discard them immediately I would fire that HR person.

Blogger JACIII October 03, 2018 9:36 AM  

Ron Winkleheimer wrote:A few days ago I saw a reference to an Ivy League economist who is predicting that 50% of all US colleges are going to be bankrupt in 10-15 years. My guess is the ones that survive will have jettisoned this nonsense.

Our governor ordered the state universities to start preparing to rid themselves of any curriculum without a market need for people holding the degree or providing for the realistic prospect of gainful employment of graduates.

The screeching was epic. "Reeeeeeee! Reeeeeeee! Reeeeeee!" Especially from NPR. Delicious.

Blogger JACIII October 03, 2018 9:38 AM  

It is worth noting (and explains many social media exchanges) that the group could not get their papers published until they included circular reasoning in them.

Blogger Quilp October 03, 2018 9:40 AM  

My Holiday dinner table dread (family of academics) just ended & I actually look forward to a lingering dessert.

"After having spent a year immersed and becoming recognized experts within these fields, in addition to witnessing the divisive and destructive effects when activists and social media mobs put it to use, we can now state with confidence that it is neither essentially good nor sound. Further, these fields of study do not continue the important and noble liberal work of the civil rights movements; they corrupt it while trading upon their good names to keep pushing a kind of social snake oil onto a public that keeps getting sicker. For us to know anything about injustice in society and be able to show it to those who are unaware or in denial of it, scholarship into it must be rigorous. Currently, it is not, and this enables it, and social justice issues with it, to be dismissed. This is a serious problem of considerable concern, and we must address it."

That's gonna leave a mark.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash October 03, 2018 9:49 AM  

Therefore, each paper began with something absurd or deeply unethical (or both) that we wanted to forward or conclude. We then made the existing peer-reviewed literature do our bidding in the attempt to get published in the academic canon.

I thought this was exactly what real academics do, use the journals to make a name by proposing the absurd and/or unethical, and getting it published.

Blogger Lyon October 03, 2018 9:49 AM  

"The goal was always to use what the existing literature offered to get some little bit of lunacy or depravity to be acceptable at the highest levels of intellectual respectability within the field... What we just described is not knowledge production; it’s sophistry. That is, it’s a forgery of knowledge that should not be mistaken for the real thing."

At a BBQ the other night I witnessed these bad “academic” seeds in full bloom. My alma mater had its homecoming this past weekend. As an alumnus, I flew across the country to attend and visit my son, (who studies engineering, and to catch his rugby game on campus Saturday afternoon, we won 41-7). The college is on the east coast, an old once-upon-a-time Catholic university.

My well-credentialed BBQ host and I got into an animated convo. His defense for his left-wing/ pinko-commie/ converged faux-Christian views on immigration, the Kavanagh show trial, ethnicity, the fate of European man and Western civilization, the lot of it, was all rooted in this very sort of “forgery knowledge.” Over the decades, our adversary’s incessant work to rot academia from the inside out is breathtakingly diabolical.

Taken aback by my comments, as if on cue, my host argued for and championed peer-revived literature and studies. Somewhere along the line, when I insisted he was at best misled, he stated, “Perhaps, I drank the Kool-Aid; maybe I’m a sophist.” Echoes of Bergoglio/anti-pope Francis stating publicly, “maybe I’m a heretic” and more recently “I am the devil.”

Blogger dienw October 03, 2018 9:54 AM  

Our governor ordered the state universities to start preparing to rid themselves of any curriculum without a market need for people holding the degree or providing for the realistic prospect of gainful employment of graduates.

Throwing the baby out just to get rid of the polluted water is a bad idea. A return to the pre-sixties curriculum would be better; but then, we will need to get rid of most of the professoriat just to start over; so it will amount to the same thing; we would have to restart the curricula by hiring non-Jewish, European,perhaps even Russian, instructors.

Blogger DBSFF October 03, 2018 9:58 AM  

The reviewer comments on the dog one are the best. They were worried the researchers did not respect the dogs' privacy when their genitals were inspected.

Blogger Matthew October 03, 2018 10:09 AM  

This review of one of the papers is amazing:

This is a wonderful paper – incredibly innovative, rich in analysis, and extremely well-written and organized given the incredibly diverse literature sets and theoretical questions brought into conversation. The author’s development of the focus and contributions of the paper is particularly impressive. The fieldwork executed contributes immensely to the paper’s contribution as an innovative and valuable piece of scholarship that will engage readers from a broad cross-section of disciplines and theoretical formations. I believe this intellectually and empirically exciting paper must be published and congratulate the author on the research done and the writing.

Blogger widlast washere October 03, 2018 10:15 AM  

My God, this stuff is hysterical, and direct evidence of the brain damaged state of liberals.

I wandered on over to where much of their stuff was published,

Taylor & Francis online
other articles were:
Privilege, Power, and Dungeons & Dragons: How Systems Shape Racial and Gender Identities in Tabletop Role-Playing Games

There’s always stomach on the table and then I gotta write!”: Physical space and learning in fat college women

Sex and Gestation, the Union of Opposites in European and Chinese Alchemy

and my favorite

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

just too funny


Blogger Colin Flaherty's baby mama October 03, 2018 10:15 AM  

Over 90% of people are living in an entirely illusory world. Disconnection from nature makes it worse.
People of the Lie are the ultimate culprits; they create, promulgate, and enforce these delusions.
Can you really blame a misinformed idiot for being tricked by clever devils?

This is how the world will work as long as you allow these devils to operate their schemes.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash October 03, 2018 10:16 AM  

dienw wrote:Throwing the baby out just to get rid of the polluted water is a bad idea. A return to the pre-sixties curriculum would be better; but then, we will need to get rid of most of the professoriat just to start over; so it will amount to the same thing; we would have to restart the curricula by hiring non-Jewish, European,perhaps even Russian, instructors.
The baby was replaced with a scorpion some time ago. The scorpion has since died and become a roiling mass of maggots.

Blogger Colin Flaherty's baby mama October 03, 2018 10:21 AM  

Crowds of this Cult of Falsehood will cheer at Hitler quotes so long as they don't know it came from the epitome of evil, the most mad man ever.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 10:23 AM  

A return to the pre-sixties curriculum would be better; but then, we will need to get rid of most of the professoriat just to start over;

Back in the 90's the university I attended required you to take two Western Civ survey courses. Western Civ I and II. Now most humanities professors at supposedly "elite" universities assume that teaching Western Civ is de facto white supremism. English majors don't have to read a word of Shakespeare, certainly not the Bible. This isn't an accident. Its for the same reason that modern architecture is the same unadorned ugly mess all over the world. The goal is to separate people from their culture and heritage. Make everyone the same and atomize society. There is a science fiction novel by Poul Anderson that describes the situation well. An alien species has eliminated all family loyalty by raising their offspring in creches using robots. Theoretically, all of the aliens are equal under the law and succeed on their own merit. In reality, since one individual can't defy the state, you get ahead by kissing the ass of the people over you.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 10:25 AM  

It occurs to me that reading the Bible is now a subversive act.

Blogger Servant October 03, 2018 10:25 AM  

10 or 15 years seems generous. You have an entirely false economy set up here. Actors with no real financial incentive acquire loans to join the four year party, accepting a lifetime of indentured servitude or at best not being able to build any wealth until they are 32.

The universities keep raising tuition and spending money they haven't earned, ensuring any contraction is felt manifold.

The memes about advanced degrees are getting bleaker and more common. It is held off by people insisting little Johnny go to college to get a better life. That lie couldn't possibly last ten years.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 10:27 AM  

The book is called _The High Crusade_. I recommend it.

Blogger Steve Canyon October 03, 2018 10:33 AM  

Feminist Geography studies things like how the state of Florida has a blatantly patriarchal landform yet its feminine-derived name is symbolic of overcoming that oppression by embracing the Earth-goddess Gaia to assume, and subsequently, reinforce a trans-gender paradigm.

People of Walmart, QED.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 10:33 AM  

10 or 15 years seems generous

I agree. The only value that most college degrees really conveyed for most jobs was showing potential employers that an individual could plan ahead and work towards a goal and, depending on the field, that you had acquired some basic knowledge pertinent to the job being applied for. SJW convergence is destroying that and for technical subjects you can learn skills on line and get certifications. The time is coming when people are going to start leaving degrees off of their resumes.

Blogger Damelon Brinn October 03, 2018 10:35 AM  

It's like what the chans do, but explained in academic language: make up some crazy stuff, dress it up to sound legit, feed it to the suckers who want to believe it, and let them ratify it.

Blogger szopen October 03, 2018 10:36 AM  

I recommend reading RealPeerReview tweets for more fun with social science. I've actually read one of those trio paper via realPeerReview, thinking it's a real thing

https://twitter.com/@RealPeerReview

They are rather sad they they unintentionally interrupted the experiment: "Indeed, it was our exposure of the dog rape culture paper that unwittingly cut the glorious experiment short..."

Blogger VFM Bear October 03, 2018 10:42 AM  

" Which raises the question, what is going to happen when hordes of these unemployable harpies and grievance study mongers lose their sinecures?"

"Our governor ordered the state universities to start preparing to rid themselves of any curriculum without a market need for people holding the degree or providing for the realistic prospect of gainful employment of graduates."

What's the size of the public sector, local, state, national? No shortage of realistic employment prospects for otherwise unemployable harpies and grievance mongers that I can see until that number goes way, way, way, etc., down.

Every time I have to travel by air in the US convinces me that the TSA is nothing more than an employment equity program. I avoid travelling by air in the US as much as possible, and pay extra to avoid it when I can.

Blogger wreckage October 03, 2018 10:43 AM  

@39 Take that statement and write it down somewhere, because I think you just flippantly said something vitally important about culture in general.

Blogger wreckage October 03, 2018 10:44 AM  

@41 these septic tanks aren't going to shovel themselves out.
It serves as a political philosophy AND a basis for reassigning the excess labour after its initial application.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 11:01 AM  

#43

In the immortal words of the unfairly maligned Judge Smails:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiRGRvE_Wqg

Blogger pyrrhus October 03, 2018 11:04 AM  

Peer review has turned all of academia into a trainwreck...

Blogger Daniel October 03, 2018 11:16 AM  

Oh, they SHOULD have accepted the invitations to become peer reviewers themselves. At least, ethics should have spurred them on, not stopped them.

This is hilarious, but I am surprised that they didn't even submit anything to The I Can't Even Review

Blogger freddie_mac October 03, 2018 11:23 AM  

Note some closing comments from the "researchers":

"Two other wrong answers are to attack the peer-review system or academia overall. Peer review may need reform to prevent it from being susceptible to political, ideological, and other biases, but it remains the best system we have for guaranteeing the quality of research—and in most fields it works extremely well. The same is true for the university, which is a center of knowledge production and a gem of modern culture. Fighting the university or the peer-review system would be like killing the patient to end the disease. We expect to see these attacks, especially from political conservatives, and they are wrongheaded.

Worse, the problem of corrupt scholarship has already leaked heavily into other fields like education, social work, media, psychology, and sociology, among others—and it openly aims to continue spreading. This makes the problem a grave concern that’s rapidly undermining the legitimacy and reputations of universities, skewing politics, drowning out needed conversations, and pushing the culture war to ever more toxic and existential polarization. Further, it is affecting activism on behalf of women and racial and sexual minorities in a way which is counterproductive to equality aims by feeding into right-wing reactionary opposition to those equality objectives.

... We hope the latter can be redeemed, not destroyed, as the topics they study—gender, race, sexuality, culture—are of enormous importance to society and thus demand considerable attention and the highest levels of academic rigor. Further, many of their insights are worthy and deserve more careful consideration than they currently receive. This will require them to adhere more honestly and rigorously to the production of knowledge and to place scholarship ahead of any conflicting interest rather than following from it. This change is what we hope comes out of this project.


So, their problem with the "grievance studies" groups isn't that they're fruitcakes, but that they don't "adhere more honestly and rigorously to the production of knowledge and to place scholarship ahead of any conflicting interest." Yikes -- more useful idiots.

Blogger Surly October 03, 2018 11:25 AM  

This is the Sokal affair all over again. https://infogalactic.com/info/Sokal_affair

Hilariously, the topic of one of these papers IS the Sokal affair. Too bad it wasn't accepted.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 11:30 AM  

more useful idiots

Yep. They fail to understand that the point of grievance study disciplines is not "equality aims." Its about money and power. They are going to be vilified and ran out of academia.

Blogger Dirk Manly October 03, 2018 11:55 AM  

"Feminist maths"

What's 2 + 2 ?

That's NOT FUNNY!!!!

Blogger Raker_T October 03, 2018 12:05 PM  

I just bought and read the book "Bushwackers Guerrilla Warfare, Manhood, and the Household in Civil War Missouri" published by the Kent Sate University Press. Here's the "Author's Note":
.
It is with mixed emotions that I present to you Bushwackers. It is a book that has given me joy and purpose and has sparked a great amount of self discovery and growth. As it leaves my hands and enters yours, I am confronted with that anxious feeling that always accompanies the irresistible onrushing of the unknown. What will I do now? Can my next project give me as much as this study? Will I ever be able to fully emerge from the universe of guerrilla and enter another historical world? Despite these questions that remain unanswered for the moment, it is with a deep sense of pride that I offer you this book, without apology, caveat, or qualification. I have striven to put onto the pages that follow the most intimate historical rendering of the guerrillas who fought in Civil War Missouri. In my pursuit of their identity as men, I was forced to become much more aware of myself. Along the way there were fights with a wide range of adversaries both real and metaphorical; there were victories and defeats, I lost pieces of myself, but in sacrificing a little bit I have gained much more. Most important, in the spirit of the guerrillas, I lived to fight another day and was able to produce something that will live on and keep up the fight long after I am gone.
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The rest of the book is even worse, a chore to read. He's writing about men who lived in the brush, were pursued under the black flag, and returned the favor. It was vicious fighting, and the author "lost pieces of himself" writing about them? Throughout the book he projects his lack of familiarity with manhood onto the characters, it's all conjured up, sometimes to the unnecessary glorification of the fighters, sometimes in a disparaging way. It so pathetic that I honestly think The James brothers would shoot him, were they here.

Blogger ace October 03, 2018 12:06 PM  

Maybe their hostility to the chans is just plain old anticompetive practice. Narrative weaving and blatant fabulism is their job, dammit!

Blogger Jack Amok October 03, 2018 12:27 PM  

It wouldn't be beyond belief if word broke that the works of feminist academia are nothing more than part of a sophisticated troll operation.

I have this imagine in my head of a big Gender/Diversity Studies conference with all these academics getting together at a party and suddenly realizing it's like a modern day KKK rally - they're almost all Agent Provocateurs trolling an institution that doesn't really exist. Sadly, this isn't true, but the world would be a more lovable place if it were.

predicting that 50% of all US colleges are going to be bankrupt in 10-15 years. My guess is the ones that survive will have jettisoned this nonsense.

The local university in the town where I grew up just shut down it's well-regarded nursing program in order to put more funding into their grievance studies programs. That should work out well for them...

Same university, same idiot female president, also decided to shut down the football team (they were a fairly successful Division Three program). Ooops - that's a lot of male athletes out of a sport, and Title IX baby - they have to cut two or three women's programs to make up the body count difference!

Blogger RobertT October 03, 2018 12:30 PM  

The printing press made it possible for any yahoo to become an authority on anything.

Blogger Jack Amok October 03, 2018 12:31 PM  

It occurs to me that reading the Bible is now a subversive act.

It usually has been, yes. You could say we're just regressing to the mean of history and the rest of the world.

Blogger Jack Amok October 03, 2018 12:32 PM  

Which raises the question, what is going to happen when hordes of these unemployable harpies and grievance study mongers lose their sinecures?

They'll be a lot less supportive of immigration, among other things.

Blogger RobertT October 03, 2018 12:35 PM  

I taught in the MBA program at CCU for 4 or 5 years, and during my tenure, I did not find a single student I would hire. The old saying 'cream rises to the top,' is obviously wrong.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer October 03, 2018 12:46 PM  

The local university in the town where I grew up just shut down it's well-regarded nursing program in order to put more funding into their grievance studies programs.

The stupidity is awe inspiring.

Anonymous Anonymous October 03, 2018 1:36 PM  

My mother had a master's in clinical psychology. One of the reasons my early career trajectory was accelerated over my peers was that during my teens she was studying for her masters and we discussed many times the subjects and themes she was developing for her thesis. As a strong critic of psychiatry and psychotherapy, one of these themes was the recognition that every specialised field of human activity develops very naturally its own jargon, dialect, and communicative style. It does this not primarily as a means of exchanging specialist knowledge but as a means of culturally circling the wagons, not only of excluding outsiders but of letting everyone in either class know exactly who is an outsider and who is an insider. Letting everyone *feel* their status as being one or the other.

I was discussing this last night with a friend who works in a high-level marketing job and had some trouble with his IT support crew throwing jargon at him instead of helping understand why the money they spend is worth the spending.

So, this article is a great example of that entire notion; learn the jargon, the insider language, and you are accepted as an expert irrespective of how absurd or dangerous the ideas you're promoting. Think about how often we've seen THAT particular pattern in recent decades.

Anonymous Anonymous October 03, 2018 1:39 PM  

@freddie_mac

".. We hope the latter can be redeemed, not destroyed, as the topics they study—gender, race, sexuality, culture—are of enormous importance to society and thus demand considerable attention and the highest levels of academic rigor."

They just proved, fairly conclusively, that they are NOT "studying" these things at all.

Sigh.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd October 03, 2018 1:52 PM  

RobertT wrote:The old saying 'cream rises to the top,' is obviously wrong.

The other old saying `when the pot boils, the scum rises to the top,' is obviously right.

Blogger Skyler the Weird October 03, 2018 2:08 PM  

A Big Gender/Diversity Conference? Sounds like WorldCon.

Blogger Unknown October 03, 2018 2:12 PM  

Cream rises to the top.... but so do dead fish.

I have been having a field day today with this link though. Who would have thought we would hit a point where '2+2' is a sign of the resistance?

Blogger Dirk Manly October 03, 2018 2:12 PM  

Well, it's a con of some sort....primarily financial.

Blogger Haxo Angmark October 03, 2018 2:14 PM  

TY, VD...that one went to hard copy, all 55 pages of it. A few years back, some trad prof likewise pranked one of the pomo faggot "literary criticism" journals...he submitted a piece that consisted entirely of gibberish and buzzwords. And it got published.

one could, of course, apply the same technique to a comment thread, say...this one. If I put out the usual peanut gallery fluff about the "God Emperor", it'd stay in the thread. If I point out why Trump cannot and will not drain the swamp - if the Clintons go down he goes with them (see: (((Epstein))), Pedo Island)- the comment shortly disappears.

Blogger Unknown October 03, 2018 2:20 PM  

Ha! Speaking of these three researchers, just came across this:

"Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' Is Now a Legitimate Part of Gender Studies?!?" by Dr. Steve Turley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WyD8BB-jlw

Blogger Don't Call Me Len October 03, 2018 3:03 PM  

@47 - That apologia sounds like "We know this is all bullshit, but we don't want to have to get real jobs either!"

Blogger Don't Call Me Len October 03, 2018 3:08 PM  

How exactly does one "subject" their raging sense of personal inferiority and desire for revenge on anyone who was mean enough to ignore them to "the highest levels of academic rigor"?

Blogger CYGNUS FACETIOUS October 03, 2018 3:24 PM  

Resident Moron™ wrote:As a strong critic of psychiatry and psychotherapy, one of these themes was the recognition that every specialised field of human activity develops very naturally its own jargon, dialect, and communicative style. It does this not primarily as a means of exchanging specialist knowledge but as a means of culturally circling the wagons,
'Critical Theory' as applied to social sciences ought to be a serviceable tool for describing just that, instead it becomes a vetting heuristic for peer review/tenure track. Taken together with the knowledge that this is all done in 'evidence based' medicine, and you know enough to know that conspiracy theorists can only ever understate the state of Western medicine disease plantation. The RoundUp/Bayer-Monsanto case in SF recently would not have had the aggrieved win, much less not-Arkancided without Trump in Federal District of Columbia.

Haxo Angmark wrote:some trad prof likewise pranked one of the pomo faggot "literary criticism" journals
Sokal Hoax. Navigating the ivory tower requires assiduous flattering of hostile professors' ideological conceits, with just enough semantic subversion to not still be lying, to oneself at least.

Haxo Angmark wrote:one could, of course, apply the same technique to a comment thread,
Well, that depends on where in the constellation of Yinon Plan and Talpiot he stands, if at all, and the degree of alignment between Israeli and Russian interest. Back in the Fatherland, both the Trumps and Skull & Bones Heinz are from the same region. There's John Trump's MIT RadLab and electroengineering appraisal of the Tesla papers, at Vannevar Bush's behest. There's the German Sonora Aero Club of Texan/California fame depictions of exotic craft with Trump on them. And Donald's relation with Nixon, Governor Connelly, and others with knowledge of the JFK assassination . . . Too many dissonant angles of motivation to say. However,

IF Donald lost as many friends in 9/11 as he claimed, and if he has inside knowledge sufficient to publicly cow Cruz and Jeb as he did in the debates, then he is aware of Kennedy's refusal to gift nuclear weapons to Israel the week prior to his killing. I don't know if playing ball with Bibi is sufficient to mark him as Swamp-lite, but the management of The Merchants' convergent interests with the US' Swamp faction while cooperating with the Russians seems to contraindicate it. The cat has dangerously gotten out of the Soviet era espionage arrangement via Talpiot and Russo-Israeli & mob ratlines, with the Goldberg fellow assassinating the Russian ambassador in Turkey as the servicing of divorce papers, perhaps. It's a farcical good cop bad cop geopolitical charade otherwise, with Russia strictly concerned with its deep water port without reference of anything around it.

Blogger Mr Darcy October 03, 2018 3:40 PM  

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Blogger SciVo October 03, 2018 4:04 PM  

Ron Winkleheimer wrote:Which raises the question, what is going to happen when hordes of these unemployable harpies and grievance study mongers lose their sinecures?

They will queer network for state and local gov't jobs. (There are also sub-networks; I have heard that Portland is firmly under dyke control.) In pondering the puzzle of how radfems and MTF tranny advocacy fit under the same umbrella, consider that since their stated aim contradicts itself, their real aim must be something else.

Looking at how they treat queer dissent from queer orthodoxy as the worst sort of treason, the queer identity group acts as more than just a large fraternity. The Queer Network is kind of like U.S. Army vets in terms of job-humting, but it's really more like Scientology, because it is also a subset of the SocJus thought-control cult.

Blogger Silent Draco October 03, 2018 4:15 PM  

Ron Winkleheimer @33, etc, etc, thanks for restarting a stalled thought train. I discovered old series on the development of western civ, Cornell University Press, mid 1950s, as used paperbacks on Amazon. Let me order and do some reading, to see if this makes a good inoculation. Parts will need updating, but I think I might trust the underlying intent better than anything published in the last 40-50 years.

Anonymous Anonymous October 03, 2018 4:27 PM  

"The old saying 'cream rises to the top,' is obviously wrong. "

I'm intellectually barefoot, as Fred Reed says, but where I come from we used to say:

"Shit floats."

Blogger OneWingedShark October 03, 2018 5:00 PM  

Resident Moron™ wrote:So, this article is a great example of that entire notion; learn the jargon, the insider language, and you are accepted as an expert irrespective of how absurd or dangerous the ideas you're promoting. Think about how often we've seen THAT particular pattern in recent decades.

Thank you for sharing this; it's something I know, but need to know/be-reminded-about.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey October 03, 2018 6:17 PM  

Well written (and cogently argued). But, as @47 notes, the authors are shitlibs themselves -- just slightly more rational ones. They're digging their heels into that slippery slope, desperately trying to stop the inevitable slide... "This far, and no farther!"
Doesn't work that way.

Blogger Matamoros October 03, 2018 6:34 PM  

Seems like somebody doxxed Academia with the Dog Fondling paper.

Fake News Comes to Academia - https://www.wsj.com/articles/fake-news-comes-to-academia-1538520950

Blogger Johnny October 03, 2018 9:26 PM  

>>what is going to happen when hordes of these unemployable harpies and grievance study mongers lose their sinecures?

What will happen is that the rest of us will pick up the student debt.

Anonymous Anonymous October 03, 2018 11:55 PM  

@F P Yockey

Indeed. For the True Believers this is science correcting itself;

“See - the system works!”

Blogger Didas Kalos October 04, 2018 1:02 AM  

War unicorn, LOL Best comment of the day. If you were a saucer and read that, would you land? I don't think so.

Blogger Dirk Manly October 04, 2018 11:31 AM  

@77

"What will happen is that the rest of us will pick up the student debt."

I think that should be conditional upon commission of suicide. As long as you're alive, you still owe us for your loans to pursue your degree(s) in "How to be an annoying pest who offers only negative value to an employer."

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