... Two weeks after the publication, he told another journal that the article was a hoax prompted by a desire “to expose the sloppiness, absurd relativism, and intellectual arrogance” of "certain precincts of the academic humanities.”
He added that “Anyone who believes that the laws of physics are mere social conventions is invited to try transgressing those conventions from the windows of my [twenty-first floor] apartment.”
Twenty years later, as George Will notes in the Washington Post, it’s clear that little if anything has changed. To be certain, no one is calling gravity “socially-constructed,” but as Will put it, “Twenty years on, one lesson of Sokal’s hoax is that many educators are uneducable.”
... Nevertheless, as Chuck Colson liked to say, just as there are physical laws of the universe, so there are moral laws. Transgress either, and you’re in for a world of hurt.
In fact, my job sometimes brings me into contact with highly-educated intellectuals who left Earth long ago and are genuinely mad with respect to reality. They live in a fabricated delusion devoid of any common sense.