07/18/2013 09:33 am ET Updated Jul 18, 2013

Paper From Famous Prankster Demolishes Top-Ranked Psychology Theory

Nick Brown, Alan Sokal

British psychology student Nick Brown and two co-authors have just published an astonishing demolition of a top-ranked paper in the field of positive psychology: The Complex Dynamics of Wishful Thinking

One of the authors of the critique is Alan Sokal, the physicist who, in 1996, famously wrote a parody of then-fashionable postmodernist theorizing and had it published as a serious paper in a sociology journal, thus sparking years of controversy.

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