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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jonah Lehrer: Liar?


We've used New Yorker articles by best-selling author Jonah Lehrer to make points here.

Mr. Lehrer has been fired by The New Yorker for making up Bob Dylan quotes in his book Imagine: How Creativity Works -- a study of neuroscience and genius.

Click HERE for that news item.

And click HERE for a Forbes piece "Where Jonah Lehrer Went Astray."

Mr. Lehrer was being dogged, before this current debacle, for self-plagiarizing; that is, he was placing material from his earlier writings into later and current writings, an iffy proposition for journalism.

Our piece [UFO Truth -- Not so Fast], using his thinking as a jumping off point, can be read HERE.

So, it's not just ufologists who commit fraud, but also noted writers (among others). It's sad and shameful.



  • These journalistic wunderkind seem to be coming along every few years. They're lionized and lauded as prodigies until it's uncovered that their stories were bogus and any semblance of journalistic integrity they appeared to have was a sham.

    Jayson Blair of The New York Times, Stephen Glass of The New Republic, and Janet Cook of the Washington Post, they’ve all been outed since the new millennium dawned. Now we have Lehrer.

    I can’t guess what this reveals either about the mainstream media and its senior editorial staff and leadership and/or the moral compasses of the younger generations who have chosen journalism as a profession.

    Blair was 27 when he committed his fraud in 2003; so he's still under 40. On the other hand, Rupert Murdoch is ancient.

    But, really, why do we automatically grant integrity to the media? Remember William Randolph Hearst? He invented a war to sell newspapers.

    "...A study of neuroscience and genius."

    Neuroscience. There's that word again.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, July 31, 2012  

  • Neuroscience should be able to tell us why or how these self-destructive acts occur, PG.

    It doesn't.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 31, 2012  

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