The (academic) empire strikes back

Call it “The Academic Empire Strikes Back”: Portland State University is transferring to fireplace Assistant Professor Peter Boghossian for blowing the whistle on a “scholarly publication” rip-off.

Laughably, the college costs that he violated its ethics code by conducting “human experiments research.”

No, the philosophy prof didn’t go all mad scientist, administering medicine to the unwilling or trapping innocents in some demented experiment.

Rather, he and two co-conspirators submitted 20 ridiculous (however politically right) papers to sure social-science journals. At least seven bit, accepting the junk for publication, earlier than the stunt acquired uncovered in October.

The aim, the three defined, was to “study, understand and expose the reality of grievance studies, which is corrupting academic research.”
Expose it they did.

The journal Gender, Place, and Culture, for one, cited for excellence a paper on “canine rape culture.” And the social-work journal Affilia accepted “Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism” — a lightweight rewrite of lengthy passages from Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” Another winner: a requirement that bodybuilding acknowledge “fat bodybuilding, as a fat-inclusive politicized performance.”

Boghossian isn’t shocked that the institution is cracking down. Of his faculty’s leaders, he writes: “I truly hope the administration puts its institutional weight behind the pursuit of truth but I’ve been given no indication that’s what they intend to do.”

Indeed, by transferring to self-discipline him, the college is solely offering recent proof of his bigger level.

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