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In 1996 a physicist Alan Sokal submitted a nonsensical research paper filled with jargon to the Social Text, a journal published by Duke. His goal was to prove that the many journals of the day were nothing more than “…fawning references, grandiose quotations, and outright nonsense.” In other words…politically correct pseudoscience. His paper was published and almost simultaneously Sokal came out in several other papers pointing to his hoax and making fools of the editors.

Not always the goal of the hoaxes is so noble. Most of the time they are schemes intended to make the schemers very rich in the account of the fooled audience.

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