Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Hack Hacky

Here's a lot more on the strange case of Jonah Lehrer, the new New Yorker writer and "idea man" who borrows early and often from his own work. We've been staying out of this one—for one thing, it just doesn't need a mass outrage pile-on (it's not like he was writing things in the public interest; if he was doing this with subjects that were like, somehow important, maybe I'd be upset), and for another, it's all just incomprehensibly weird—but wow, that sure is a lot of recycled text. Oh but wait: there's more.

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SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

What's most impressive is that education doesn't really help; more than 50% of students at Harvard, Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology routinely give the incorrect answer.

I dunno, equating matriculation at Harvard, Princeton or MIT with education is also pretty impressive, in the same manner.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@SidAndFinancy: Also, amphetamines = game theory? Now I think I finally understand the prisoner's dilemma.

CaptBackslap (#10,313)

Somewhere, Slavoj Zizek is laughing and muttering "amateur" under his breath.

Leon (#6,596)

I liked it when to become a "public intellectual", you were actually just someone who was very skilled in a specific discipline, and yet still capable of speaking in language the public could understand. And there's still some! Like Neil deGrasse Tyson (who I love!) or EO Wilson (who I tend to dislike, but hey, at least he is FOR REAL).

Seriously jouranlists, I have no problem with you thinking, not just writing Elmore Leonard stories about pretty dead white ladies.

Lehrer's post-graduate degree is in lit. So what if he did his undergrad at a good school in hard sciences? That's all well and good for being educated enough to capture and synthesize the ideas of actual DO-ERS, but it's bullshit that he thinks he has enough depth in these fields to produce new important thought.

I'm constantly fucking delighted to see these overly-self-important dilettantes get their come-uppance.

frontsidebus (#5,387)

He's not as cute in that picture as the last one I saw so I can handle this now.

NinetyNine (#98)

Yeah, best stick to that hounding that fabulist hellion David Sedaris, who destroyed our public concept of that most crucial of interests: glib anecdotes about our family at the holidays.

Matt (#26)

Really wasted an opportunity to write a weather post parody here, bud.

6h057 (#1,914)

People are paying attention to what they read? Then of course they're getting the experience they deserve.

skahammer (#587)

Let's go easy on this one. It's possible that a few of my better-liked comments here may have appeared first on

Patrick M (#404)

This never would have happened if he had just thought to delete his old 'popfactor' account

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