From Tyler Cowen we hear of the latest cheating scandal in science. The journal Nature reports that two major publishers (Springer and IEEE) have withdrawn more than 120 previously published scientific papers that were found to have been computer generated “gibberish.”
A computer program takes text and charts and randomly writes new papers that apparently can be published without too much trouble in supposedly peer-reviewed journals. So much for feedback loops.
Big phrases strung together can be amusing. Below is the winning entry in the “Very Best of Bad Writing” prize.
"Indeed dialectical critical realism may be seen under the aspect of Foucauldian strategic reversal--of the unholy trinity of Parmenidean/Platonic/Aristotelean provenance; of the Cartesian-Lockean-Humean-Kantian paradigm, of foundationalisms (in practice, fideistic foundationalisms) and irrationalisms (in practice, capricious exercises of the will-to-power or some other ideologically and/or psycho-somatically buried source) new and old alike; of the primordial failing of western philosophy, ontological monovalence…. [sentence lumbers on on for another 70 words].
This winning entry was in a book written by a human, not a computer. But it’s sure hard to tell.