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After reading this piece, I would have to say that the most important lesson gathered from it has to do with the formatting for a research paper.

The actual substance of the paper was rather verbose.  He clearly knew his material, however the subject came across as being unreadable, particularly for someone like myself who is not well versed in this area of study.

In Sokal’s favor, I did pick up on a couple good techniques.  First, I appreciated how he outlined those matters that he would be addressing over the course of his paper.  By doing so, it provides a sense of organization right off the bat.  Also, the footnotes provided solid examples of proper formatting, though the number of sources seemed a bit extreme.

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