Another author caught misbehaving

I am so saddened by this latest news about Jonah Lehrer.

Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a glowing review of his book IMAGINE, in which he explores creativity and the brain. I was enchanted when I read it, because so much of it rang true for me. I mentioned it to everyone I met. I praised it in a number of talks I gave.

Now it turns out that Mr. Lehrer made up a few things. Such as, really stupid details like quotes from Bob Dylan –who’s still very much alive and able to complain that no, he didn’t say those things. What on earth was Lehrer thinking? He had such fascinating material already; why contaminate the stew by throwing in a few poison pills?

Count me as disillusioned. I don’t know why he had to do it.

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  1. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    That is rough… and unfathomable. Falsely quoting live people is a bit disturbing. I mean, where do you sit down and have that conversation with yourself – let’s see, I bet I could sell some books if I make up some Bob Dylan quotes. Then, instead of researching whether Bob is alive or not, he uses them anyway. Oh boy…

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