Background[Hat tips Stephen Hicks and Bad Science -- check out Bad Science's 'Postmodernist Bollocks' if you want a really serious laugh, and Hick's 'Explaining Postmodernism' if you want to understand why such bollocks is fashionable.)]
Drawing on the work of the late French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, the objective of this paper is to demonstrate that the evidence-based movement
in the health sciences is outrageously exclusionary and dangerously normative with regards to scientific knowledge. As such, we assert that the evidence-based movement in health sciences constitutes a good example of microfascism at play in the contemporary scientific arena.
The philosophical work of Deleuze and Guattari proves to be useful in showing
how health sciences are colonised (territorialised) by an all-encompassing scientific research paradigm – that of post-positivism – but also and foremost in showing the process by which a dominant ideology comes to exclude alternative forms of knowledge, therefore acting as a fascist structure.
It would be nice to think this was a joke, much like the celebrated hoax on deconstructionist idiots perpetrated by physicist Alain Sokal (story on the 'Sokal Hoax' here; Sokal's website here; Sokal's excellent book eviscerating fashionable postmodernist nonsense here). However, given that such bollocks is still all-pervasive in too much of academia, the move to disintegrate knowledge and to 'un-know' what we already know seems to be continuing apace.
LINKS: Deconstructing the evidence-based discourse in health sciences: truth, power and fascism - Bad Science
Socal hoax - Wikipedia
Alan Sokal's website (includes much more detail of the hoax, including the reasons why and the reactions to)
RELATED: Health, Science, Postmodernism, Nonsense