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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jonah Lehrer -- Again!


We've noted that Jonah Lehrer, a supposedly exceptional writer, was canned from The New Yorker and his book, Imagine... recalled by the publisher, because Mr. Lerhrer fudged some quotes about and from Bob  Dylan.

Kevin Randle also provided a caveat, at his blog, about Mr. Lehrer, writing that we bloggers could ignore the Dylan plaint because Mr. Lehrer's scientific ruminations remain intact and pure.

That's not the case. It seems that Mr. Lehrer also has made errant scientific conclusions. We, like Mr. Randle, have used Lehrer's material to bolster some hypotheses.

Since his material is partially bogus we have to disavow whatever cogitation we've provided that used his works as an underpinning; e.g., the psychology of right and wrong and the behavior of science.

Click HERE for an article disclosing Mr. Lehrer's shortcomings, and let's hope that no others like him get our attention in the future.



  • In writing a book, Lehrer had the luxury of time to have followed up with Dylan for some original quotes or used properly cited quotes from other sources. Instead, he chose to fabricate Dylan quotes to bolster his point of view and conclusions.

    That reveals all we need to know about how Lehrer approaches his work. He's an articulate scam artist -- too lazy, too arrogant, or too lacking in street smarts to figure out he'd get caught. All his reportage now falls under suspicion . . . by his own hand.

    Randall wants to continue to give Lehrer credibility because likely something Lehrer wrote at one point agrees with Randall's view of the world. Kevin's on a very slippery slope by continuing to use Lehrer as a credible source.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, August 14, 2012  

  • Wired magazine will continue to use and feature Jonah Lehrer:




    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, August 15, 2012  

  • Wired's credibility is gone for me.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Wednesday, August 15, 2012  

  • As I'd remarked in an earlier post on the subject, Lehrer has connections.

    ~ Susan

    By Blogger Brownie, at Wednesday, August 15, 2012  

  • WIRED backtracks:



    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, August 16, 2012  

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