Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University (PSU) in Oregon and member of the Intellectual Dark Web movement, revealed to Quillette that social justice academia, who his team exposed for misconduct during last year’s famous Grievance Studies Hoax, are counter-investigating him for misconduct over the misconduct exposé, according to the letter he’s received from the university. As punishment, PSU has since banned Boghossian from conducting university-sponsored research until further administrative review.
In 2018, Boghossian worked with fellow researcher James Lindsay and Areo Magazine editor Helen Pluckrose to test the legitimacy of academic journals within the social sciences, submitting over a dozen faux-academic papers on the basis of gender, race, queer, fat and social justice studies, questioning how many would pass both the peer-review and publication process despite the content being deliberate nonsense. It was satirical misconduct exposing actual academic misconduct, and boy, did they expose peer-review as a farce.
Over 21 papers were produced by the group, resulting in 9 being outright rejected, 5 left stagnant under review or being resubmitted after revision, 3 were accepted by publications without release and another 4 that were actually published into the academic public space. These specifically pushed jokes about how the male penis isn’t actually real, why straight men tend to eat at Hooters, whether straight men are less homophobic and transphobic after using dildos on themselves, the legitimacy of fatness as a body-building sport and direct quotations from Nazi leader Adolf Hitler reframed as a feminist cause, all of which layered under academic buzzwords and assumptions these writers were logically sound and accredited. Only 1 of them was ever retracted without apology. Try to guess which as we continue.
The Grievance Studies findings were published in the YouTube video below:
Boghossian and company were even defended by Alan Sokal, a 1990s-era academic hoaxer who exposed similar ethics misconduct within the field of “fashionable academic culture”, crediting the team for getting their actual research on their peers into the media via The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Quillette, The Chronicle and smaller sites such as ourselves.
“Was it possible that people with no Ph.D. in any field could write papers in that field every two weeks and get it published?” Boghossian simply told the Times. “That’s the exact question I asked.” PSU’s Institutional Review Board, however, found finding these answers to be a “violation of human subjects’ rights and protection”, making the argument these whistleblowers of academic editing’s misconduct were themselves performing misconduct by refusing to get consent from those they want to expose for performing actual misconduct… thus negating the whole purpose of a misconduct exposé.
“Something has gone wrong in the university — especially in certain fields within the humanities,” the three academics wrote for Areo Magazine during the release of their findings. “Scholarship is based less upon finding truth and more upon attending to social grievances has become firmly established, if not fully dominant, within these fields, and their scholars increasingly bully students, administrators, and other departments into adhering to their worldview. This worldview is not scientific, and it is not rigorous,” they continue. “For many, this problem has been growing increasingly obvious, but strong evidence has been lacking. For this reason, the three of us just spent a year working inside the scholarship we see as an intrinsic part of this problem.”
Now those bullies are back to selectively enforce their ethics on the IDW.
The board claims their methods “raise concerns regarding a lack of academic integrity, questionable ethical behavior and employee breach of rules”, resulting in the research ban as their ethics investigations continue. According to Boghossian, the review is looking over his team’s treatment of animal subjects (which there were none), human subjects (the editors who didn’t verify their academics), and the possibility of “plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification” (intentional misinformation used to see if editors would verify). No mention of misconduct on the part of the publications, nor any misconduct investigations into the academic journals themselves following the whole affair.
In a follow-up statement released to Campus Reform, a noted reactionary-biased publication, Boghossian has said that he has “not had time to process this yet” given he’s been preoccupied with the recording of a new audiobook. “I am incredibly grateful for the thousands and thousands of letters of support sent to PSU on my behalf,” Boghossian added, referencing students, professors, publications and other scholars from around the world who express their support. Grievance Studies forced the highest of academic institutions to make a choice between the cause and the truth, and now they’re grasping anywhere to keep it all. With such imbalanced malpractice, you could say context is well and truly dead and those of us who value truth send our deepest condolences to its next of kin in such grieving times.
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