Robert Ebert: Win Ben Stein’s Mind.
Peter R. Saulson: Review of “Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture” by Alan Sokal
Skewers of “Expelled” from the first:
This film is cheerfully ignorant, manipulative, slanted, cherry-picks quotations, draws unwarranted conclusions, makes outrageous juxtapositions (Soviet marching troops representing opponents of ID), pussy-foots around religion (not a single identified believer among the ID people), segues between quotes that are not about the same thing, tells bald-faced lies, and makes a completely baseless association between freedom of speech and freedom to teach religion in a university class that is not about religion.
Skewers of “Beyond” from the second:
Now, the superb parodist has become a parody of himself. His new book, Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture, is anything but new. It consists almost entirely of reprints of previously published articles, including two pieces co-authored with theoretical physicist Jean Bricmont. Perhaps more troubling is that the reprinted articles say the same thing over and over again. Sokal, a professor of physics at New York University, has in the past decade made a second career out of peddling just one idea.
Though I wonder in the last case: is the Physics Today review actually a parody of a review? I mean it has many of the prereqs (Ad hominem attacks? Check. Slammed for leaving out the reviewer’s own work? Check.)