A hoax perpetrated by three researchers exposed the gullibility of some academic outlets and those hungry for social justice. A team consisting of Peter Boghossian, James Lindsay, and Helen Pluckrose wrote 20 research papers focused on ridiculous topics such as “canine rape culture” and the “fat-exclusionary” act of bodybuilding.
…they had published a paper called ‘The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct’ in the journal Cogent Social Sciences.
Their scribblings included the phrases ‘gender-performative, high fluid social construct’, ‘exclusionary to disenfranchised communities’, and ‘isomorphic to performative toxic masculinity’.
They even associated male anatomy with climate change.
The purpose of the project was to expose how eagerly political ideas are published as academic research and peoples’ willingness to accept such “research” without any factual data to back it up.
‘I think that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted,’ Dr Boghossian told WSJ.
The lack of challenging attitudes when it comes to research papers is a real problem. Political figures have used the results of these types of papers as a basis for legislation. That is a scary and possibly dangerous thought.
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