Shortly after publication of the article, Sokal spilled the beans in a separate article, entitled "A Physicist Experiments with Cultural Studies," published in the May/June 1996 issue of Lingua Franca. Here, Sokal revealed his tactics:
Throughout the article, I employ scientific and mathematical concepts in ways that few scientists or mathematicians could possibly take seriously. For example, I suggest that the "morphogenetic field"a bizarre New Age idea due to Rupert Sheldrakeconstitutes a cutting-edge theory of quantum gravity. This connection is pure invention; even Sheldrake makes no such claim. I assert that Lacan's psychoanalytic speculations have been confirmed by recent work in quantum field theory. Even nonscientist readers might well wonder what in heavens' name quantum field theory has to do with psychoanalysis; certainly my article gives no reasoned argument to support such a link.Although editors Fish and Ross did their best to defend their actions, Sokal's point was heard. For the original essay, along with a surprisingly comprehensive collection of articles, responses, and counter responses, see Alan Sokal Articles on the Social Text Affair, a website maintained by Sokal.