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His talk begins as foolishness and ends as evil madness
                                Koheleth 10:13
                                  
Ben Goldacre on Bad Science. Ben Goldacre, Bad Science, Harper Collins Publishers

Steven Weinberg on Sokal's hoax.  Jean Bricmont and Alan Sokal, Fashionable Nonsense (Impostures Intellectuelles)
Excerpt: This book deals with mystification, deliberately obscure language, confused thinking, and the misuse of scientific concepts.


Wired and Slate on unusual scientific papers

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The WSJ on an academic hoax (full articles)

One of the published hoax papers: Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon, published in 2018 in Gender, Place & CultureReviewer 1: This is a wonderful paper - incredibly innovative, rich in analysis, and extremely well-written and organized. [...] the human subjects are afforded anonymity and not asked about income, etc for ethical reasons. yet, the author as researcher intruded into the dogs' spaces to examine and record genitalia. I realize this was necessary to the project, but could the author acknowledge/explain/justify this (arguably, anthropocentric) difference? [...]

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Abstract: This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. [...] When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.

Abstract:  [...] From a non-representationalist (figural realist) and posthumanist perspective identified as feminist visual studies of technoscience, the authors seek to further the discussion in the direction of understanding the ‘scattered ontologies’ of Alzheimer’s — in laboratory practice, the realm of medical media and in commercial appeals to coherent individuality and human cognition — as gendered domains of figural reality and performative matter.

Excerpt: Such an account [of the negation ¬p of p in classical logic] specifies ¬p in relation to p conceived as the controlling center, and so is p-centered. The very features of simplicity which have helped to select classical logic over its rivals are implicated here. In the phallic drama of this p-centered account, there is really only one actor, p, and ¬p is merely its receptacle. In the representation of the Venn diagram, p penetrates a passive, undifferentiated universal other which is specified as a lack, which offers no resistance, and whose behavior it controls completely. [...] These are precisely the features which help to make classical logic problematic as an acco
  • Jonas Larsen, (Auto)Ethnography and cycling, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Volume 17, 2014 - Issue 1: Researching Habits: Advances in Linguistic and Embodied Research Practice, Pages 59-71

Abstract: [...] The article argues that autoethnography is particularly apt at illuminating the embodied qualities of movement, and it sits within established ethnographies of ‘excising’ and ‘mobile bodies’. In the second part of the article, I draw upon ongoing autoethnographies of cycling in a familiar place (my hometown, Copenhagen) and by learning to cycle ‘out-of-place’ (in London) and ‘in-a-new–way’ (when commuting long distance on a racer bike). The study challenges static notions of the body by analysing how cyclists’ (and researchers’) affective capacities develop as they practice cycling.

Abstract: The following article introduces the hobosexual as a concept in queer materialism. Mapped at the intersection of not-for-profit hobo sex and labor practices historically, the hobosexual collapses the apparent impasse between the material and the symbolic so prevalent in queer studies. [...] Generated out of hobo history and queer as anti-capitalist practice, the hobosexual represents resistance to capitalist systems of normalization and enables connections, not necessarily between identities, but between anti-capitalist practices generated out of difference.

Abstract: This article analyzes the Canadian werewolf film Ginger Snaps (2000) through various feminist lenses at the intersection of sex, gender, and sexuality. [...] The following offers a reading of political possibilities generated from poststructural approaches to monstrosity.

Abstract: This article explores the formation of a tranimal, hippopotamus alter-ego. Confronting transgender with transpecies, the author claims that his hippopotamus “identity” allowed him to (verbally) escape, all at once, several sets of categorization that govern human bodies (“gender,” “sexuality,” age). [...]

Abstract: Killing with drones produces queer moments of disorientation. [...] Through a narrative methodology, I show how descriptions of drone warfare are rife with symptoms of an unresolved disorientation, often expressed as gender anxiety over the failure of the distance–intimacy and home–combat axes to orient killing with drones. The resulting vertigo sparks a frenzy of reorientation attempts, but disorientation can lead in multiple and sometimes surprising directions – including, but not exclusively, more violent ones. [...]



Abstract:  [...] Leveraging the fat body’s association with slowness, the artistic and narrative work demonstrate how time, corporeality, adipose tissue, affect, and context mediated through an academic-activist-artist lens can make fat known in unusual ways.

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  © Allyson Mitchell

Excerpt: Abe and Billy, in other words, were prone to spooning.

Withdrawal notice: the journal editor has received serious and credible threats of personal violence [...] linked to the publication of this essay. [...] this is why we are withdrawing this essay.


Abstract: [...] The final section returns to the blue balls theory of terrorism to show how this heteronormative conception of hydraulic sexuality has shaped contemporary theorizing about international terrorism


  • Kristen C Blinne, Auto(erotic)ethnography, Sexualities, Vol 15, Issue 8, pp. 953 - 977

Abstract: [...] moving forward with this story requires that you take a risk, to interact with me, to engage in conversation, and to jump into the process with your body, heart, and mind so that we can create spaces to tell our sexual stories – stories that need to be told, autoethnographically – auto(erotic)ethnographically, regardless of how masturbatory they are, may be, or might become.


  • Brian Pronger, Outta My Endzone: Sport and the Territorial Anus, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Vol 23, Issue 4, pp. 373 - 389

Abstract: Embarking on a demythologizing trajectory, the article suggests that competitive sport fosters the emotional logic that is embedded in the will to power produced by the mythical union of an ever-expanding phallus and territorially enclosing anus [...] the article deconstructs the emotional logic of sport as a celebration of patriarchal violation and homophobic resistance to penetration. [...] competitive sport plays an important role in the reproduction of phallically aggressive and anally closed cultures of desire.