AnswersInGenesis Got Sokal'ed

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In summary, a theory has been proposed that combines quantum physics and biblical beliefs to explain the relationship between physical matter and metaphysical realities. This theory suggests that our physical reality is a holographic depiction of God's intent and that God's spirit continues to interact with the universe at a quantum level. It also addresses concepts such as the creation of man, free will, and the existence of evil. However, this theory has been criticized for being similar to other hoaxes, such as the Great Pyramids being built by aliens, and has been referred to as a Sokal-style hoax.
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An Apology and Unification Theory for the Reconciliation of Physical Matter and Metaphysical Cognizance

Finally, a theory is set forth that reconciles inorganic, organic, and animated matter with the metaphysical realities of both the creator and the created. By coupling the metaphysical implications of quantum physics with the biblical understanding of God's attributes, the thesis is set forth that our immediate physical reality - consisting of empty space, electromagnetic energy, and information - is basically a hologram depiction of God's intent. God spoke and it was so. Since creation, God's Spirit has continued to energize and interact with the universe in an entangled nature at the quantum level. Similarly, the individual metaphysical reality (the spirit) of each animated being interacts with its individual corporal body via this same entangled nature at the subatomic level.

Man being created in the image of God, freewill, the existence of evil, and redemption are also addressed. And finally, because man is a special creature created in God's image, it follows that man, merely by intent, has within him the ability, at least in a limited capacity, to cause change to his environment, this holographic reality; thus biblical healings and miracles occur. This concept could also provide an explanation for certain other human-generated phenomenon.

For people not familiar with Alan Sokal, being Sokal'ed is when a journal publishes a paper that has been sent into try and trick the editors to publish it if it sounds professional and appeals to the ego of the editors even though it has absolutely no actual content.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_Affair

This is especially clear when you mix quantum mechanics with holography and young-earth creationism. This part is the very hallmark of a Sokal-style hoax:

There currently exist a number of people who believe the Great Pyramids of Egypt were built by aliens to serve as navigational devices--an outlandish claim to be sure, but actually no more unwarranted than is Darwin's evolution. One could argue their evidence and reasoning is as solid as that of Darwinism. What if a group of archaeologists were to take up this hypothesis and say: "Because some ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs seem to speak of bright lights and beings from the sky who taught technology; and because some of the giant stones, perfectly placed hundreds of feet high, weigh as much as 20 tons; we have concluded that the Great Pyramids of Egypt were constructed by aliens; and unless this can be proved incorrect we shall accept it as fact." No one in their right mind would take them seriously. Yet this is exactly what Darwin's proponents have done. From very sparse, selective, and controversial evidence at best, they have set forth the argument of a noncomplex universe in which simple life-forms slowly evolved into more advanced life-forms; and they expect it to be accepted as fact unless it can be proven wrong.

The position described above as ridiculous is actually ID creationism, not evolution.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/02/which_one_of_you_little_rascal.php weighs in on the issue.
 
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For people not familiar with Alan Sokal, being Sokal'ed is when a journal publishes a paper that has been sent into try and trick the editors to publish it if it sounds professional and appeals to the ego of the editors even though it has absolutely no actual content.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_Affair
Yeah, I'd agree they got Sokaled.

Interesting list of hoaxes. I liked the Rosenhan experiment and especially the Spectra book.

Have you seen the Kia commercials with Millard Fillmore soap on a rope? That's an H.L. Mencken hoax from 1917 and you still have some surprisingly respected people citing it as fact that Millard Fillmore popularized the invention of the bathtub by having one installed in the White House in 1850. I'm pretty sure most of the founders of our country took baths, so maybe Benjamin Franklin invented taking a bath.

Or maybe not. Anybody can get Sokaled. Alan Abel and Buck Henry did a parody routine on the "Society for Indecency to Naked Animals" and even Walter Cronkite and CBS News got taken in.
 
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Well, when you're a crackpot, I guess having other crackpots review and publish it, that would be "peer" review, huh? :rofl: It's really a tragedy that such a farce of a journal exists at all.
 

1. What is "AnswersInGenesis Got Sokal'ed"?

"AnswersInGenesis Got Sokal'ed" refers to a controversial event that occurred in 2017, where the Creationist organization Answers in Genesis published an article that was later revealed to be a hoax by an independent researcher, similar to the infamous Sokal affair in 1996.

2. Who was responsible for the hoax?

The hoax was orchestrated by a researcher named James McGrath, who wanted to expose the flaws in the Creationist organization's argument by submitting a fake article that was accepted and published by Answers in Genesis.

3. What was the purpose of the hoax?

The purpose of the hoax was to demonstrate the lack of scientific rigor and credibility in the arguments put forth by Answers in Genesis, as well as to highlight the dangers of pseudoscience and the need for critical thinking in the scientific community.

4. Did the hoax have any impact on Answers in Genesis?

The hoax sparked a significant amount of controversy and criticism towards Answers in Genesis, as well as leading to the retraction of the article and an apology from the organization. However, it is unclear if the hoax had any long-term impact on their beliefs or practices.

5. Has anything similar happened before?

Yes, the Sokal affair in 1996 was a similar hoax where a physicist submitted a fake article to a postmodern cultural studies journal, which was accepted and published despite its nonsensical and satirical content. This event also sparked a lot of discussion and criticism in the academic community.

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