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Academic Incompetence

Intellectual quackery extends throughout the landscape of academia; tenured professors in the humanities and social sciences, on the right and the left, are constantly purveying theories that are the philosophical, literary, and artistic equivalents of junk science. That many of the researchers consider themselves intellectuals is sad but unremarkable in the annals of quackery within academia: junk thought with an intellectual patina fosters public misunderstanding and suspicion of real science. This sort of junk thought knows no racial, political, or gender boundaries; among the most notable examples is a wacky but influential movement within academic feminism, mainly in the humanities and such fields as psychology and sociology, intent on attacking some of the most monumental fields of human endeavor as hopelessly tainted by the male lust for violence and domination. These tainted phallocentric pursuits include science and classical music. In a work published in 1986, Sandra Harding, professor of philosophy at the University of Delaware, compared the scientific method to "marital rape, the husband as scientist forcing nature to his wishes."
- Susan Jacoby, The Age of American Unreason, Pantheon Books (2008), pp. 230-231


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