A trio of academics has perpetrated an elaborate hoax on the field of modern academic research by writing a series of ridiculous papers and submitting them for publication, several of which were accepted.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose and Peter Poghossian used fabricated authors and credentials for what they say was an attempt to expose political bias in academic fields that study race, gender and sexuality.
The three submitted fake, absurd papers to academic journals which included recommendations that included chaining up children and keeping men on leashes, according to the WSJ, who uncovered the hoax when the publication thought a paper which claimed that dog parks are “petri dishes for canine ‘rape culture'” sounded suspicious.
The trio wrote 20 hoax papers and submitted them to peer-reviewed journals under a variety of pseudonyms. Seven of the journals were accepted, and four were published.
One of the accepted papers, titled “Our Struggle Is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism,” included a thinly veiled re-write of Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf, replacing parts of Hitler’s manifesto with terms that included “neo-liberal feminism” and “multi-variate matrix of domination.”
“We intentionally made the papers absurd and used faulty methods to see if they could pass scrutiny at the highest level of academia. Concerningly, they did,” Lindsay said.
“A rambling poetic monologue of a bitter, divorced feminist written by a teenage-angst poetry generator shouldn’t be accepted as a scholarly article worthy of publishing.”
The paper’s authors argued that they were “left-leaning liberals” who say they were dismayed by the “grievance studies” takeover of academia.
“I think that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted,” Boghossian said.
“It’s scary that the work of these scholars is taught in classes, taken up by activists, and misinforms politicians and journalists about the true nature of our cultural realities,” Boghossian said. “Our project has uncovered their corruption.”
This video reveals the top-secret project I’ve been working on for the past 18 months with @ConceptualJames and @HPluckrose. Video by @MikeNayna.
FULL VIDEO: https://t.co/C7zu0EcxiO #Corruption pic.twitter.com/xKfBKP7xId— Peter Boghossian (@peterboghossian) October 3, 2018