3 thoughts on “Crypticality as a Mode of Dialectical Expression Revealing the Void of Non-Presence

  1. The Postmodernism Generator hosted at http://www.elsewhere.org/pomo/
    is a bit of a hoot. Just refresh the screen to get a completely new essay…(computer program written in 1996 by Andrew Bulhak of Monash University according to Wikipedia)

    Also see the “Sokal affair”, aka the “Sokal hoax”…

    I get the impression that using impressive sounding words to hide very commonplace ideas is rife in academia.

    On the other hand, in many academic fields some ordinary looking words have technical meanings the lay person would not suspect (like “group”, “field” etc in mathematics).

  2. I think the gobbledegook is a result of literary types rather than mathematical types ruling the roost.

    Literary types tend to theorise about vague terms, like identity, marginalisation and consciousness. And instead of looking for something that is precisely correct, literary types are happy with something that’s more or less correct, like the “truths” in a work of literature that can’t be proved correct or incorrect at all, because “your truth” is often very different to “my truth”, which in turn means there is not even an attempt to be objective and have others understand you.

    Mathematical types at least try to be objective and search for more universal truths, which means that they’re trying to have others understand what they write.

  3. I agree. I think the roost-ruling imbalance occurs because, for obvious reasons, literary types and other arts graduates dominate the production of the media and political content which influences us all. Unfortunately, however, where they are held in check, it is usually by fascists rather than rationalists, so gobbledegook may be the price of free speech and freedom.

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