Obscurantism in science has often be come a goal in itself. But it is not enough to confuse the reader; one has to know what it is that one intends to confuse the reader about.
So begins Alexander Kohn’s classic essay “Principles and Methods of Obscurantism,” CA Cancer J Clin, 1970;20;360-364. DOI: 10.3322/canjclin.20.6.360.
Alex Kohn was the co-founder of the Annals of Improbable Research and of our forerunner journal — and of the Ig Nobel Prizes. We and his many other fans and admirers miss him.