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Sokal I 218
Theory of Relativity/Bergson/Bricmont/Sokal: (H. Bergson, Durée et simultanéité. Propos de la théorie d'Einstein, Paris, 1922(1968)): BergsonVsEinstein: Bergson simply rejects the prediction of the twin paradox.
SokalVsBergson: Bergson complicates matters by making a distinction between biological "clocks", especially those with a conscious mind(such as humans) and non-biological clocks.
Cup I 220
SokalVsBergson: Bergson falsely claims that the two observers are interchangeable. The traveller has to endure three acceleration (and deceleration) manoeuvres, while his twin is spared.
Another mistake is to assume that the twin paradox can be derived from the general theory of relativity. This error can even be found in some physics literature.
Sokal I 221
SokalVsBergson: his mistake is a twofold one: a) he is too "relativistic" because he wrongly assumes that the two observers are interchangeable - b) he is not "relativistic" enough because he refuses to grant the same objectivity to the times measured by each observer.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Bergs I
Henri Bergson
Durée et Simultanéité. À propos de la théorie d’Einstein, Paris 1922
German Edition:
Dauer und Gleichzeitigkeit: Über Einsteins Relativitätstheorie Hamburg 2014

Sokal I
Alan Sokal
Jean Bricmont
Fashionabel Nonsense. Postmodern Intellectuals Abuse of Science, New York 1998
German Edition:
Eleganter Unsinn. Wie die Denker der Postmoderne die Wissenschaften missbrauchen München 1999

Sokal II
Alan Sokal
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals’ Abuse of Science New York 1999


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