James Lindsay is probably best known for the Grievance Studies hoax, wherein three scholars — James, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian — wrote 20 fake papers using critical theory jargon to argue for ridiculous conclusions, and submitted them to journals in fields like gender studies, queer studies, and fat studies. He has a doctorate in math and background in physics, and is the author of six books, spanning a range of subjects including religion, the philosophy of science, and postmodern theory. His most recent book, "How to have impossible conversations," is co-authored by Peter Boghossian. James is the co-founder of New Discourses. I spoke with him on August 11, 2020 about a month long online drama wherein a number of Critical Social Justice activists attempted to insist that two plus two does not always equal four, as well as about feminist theory, academia, the Grievance Studies hoax, and more.
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