This Is How You Stick Up For Semi-Famous Writers Who Make Stuff Up and Lie About It

You will recall the story of now-defrocked New Yorker neuroscience reporter Jonah Lehrer who Reason Contributing Editor Michael C. Moynihan caught synthesizing and making up Bob Dylan quotes (then serially lying about it) to fit his various neato theories about the creative process. You just knew that a career this shiny couldn't survive such a defenestration without at least some high-toned special pleading, and sure enough, Paul Tullis steps up to the mic in The New York Observer.

I believe we can break this exercise down into its eight constituent parts, so we can spot the formula for next time.

Step 1: Make sure everyone knows that you were far-sighted enough to recognize this genius way back when. This is the piece's opening paragraph:

I was Jonah Lehrer's editor at Seed magazine, which I believe was the first magazine to publish his writing on neuroscience, and the originator of his "Frontal Cortex" blog. One of the stories we worked on together was included in the 2007 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing (although that one, in truth, didn't need much help from me).

Step 2: Make sure everyone knows you have worked with the best of the best, and he is surely one of them. Paragraph two:

He is one of the most talented, hard-working, meticulous, and careful writers I've edited (a group that includes Dave Eggers, Geraldine Brooks, Peter Godwin, Michael Eric Dyson, Evan Ratliff, Bryan Walsh, Jake Silverstein, and Tom Clynes). And having first-hand experience of the fact-checking departments at The New Yorker and Wired, the magazines for which Lehrer most recently wrote, I doubt very much that his manufacturing or misuse of quotes extends much to his magazine writing.

Step 3: Grotesquely minimize the infraction by using the ol' fake-but-accurate tag.

Absent further revelations, though, I find it an unfair double-standard that something Lehrer falsely attributed to Bob Dylan—which is essentially accurate, even if it isn't technically—has cost him his job, and that his publisher is yanking his book.

Step 4: Change the subject to those right-wing gasbags that all thinking people know to hate.

Because meanwhile, fatheads on cable TV like Bill O'Reilly knowingly (and probably unknowingly, too) purvey falsehoods every day and they don't lose their jobs, and their books (of much lower quality, and higher degree of falsehood, than Lehrer's "Imagine," in nearly all instances) stay on the shelves. Books by Dinesh D'Souza and Ann Coulter have been full of demonstrable falsehoods for years, and what do these authors get? Another six-figure book contract, that's what.

Step 5: Drag government officials into it:

And what of the politicians' lies? Sad to say, but the only explanation is that we expect it of them, and hold our writers to a higher standard than our policy makers.

Step 6: Make the grotesquely inaccurate comparison to the subject songwriter/painter using appropriation in his art.

Dylan himself has not been immune to borrowing, appropriation, theft—Jonathan Lethem would know what to call it: Dylan's artworks displayed at Gagosian Gallery last year included an image that appeared to be mimicry of Henri Cartier-Bresson; he was accused of appropriating lyrics from a Civil War-era poet; and his album "Love & Theft" contains melodies and chord progressions that sound remarkably similar to earlier songs, including one from his own album, "Oh Mercy."

Step 7: Insult everybody who has written about Jonah Lehrer this week.

The fact is that the reporter at Tablet who busted Lehrer; most of the bloggers who’ve recycled the Tablet article and make a living as parasites on the work of better reporters than themselves (the twit at FishbowlNY can’t even bother to spell Jonah’s name right); and this reporter, too, couldn’t hold a candle to him as a writer or original—yes, original—thinker.

Final Step 8: Proclaim that the great man will come back stronger than before.

Lehrer has become less a journalist and more of a purveyor of ideas. He's much higher on the media totem pole than [Jayson] Blair or [Stephen] Glass ever were, and he can come back as an author of books, public speaker, TV commentator, screenwriter.… David Remnick’s distancing statement notwithstanding, Lehrer doesn’t need The New Yorker anymore[.]

Yes, and I'm pretty sure we have learned that we don't need Paul Tullis, either.

A snippet from Lehrer's recent interview with Reason.tv below:

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  • SIV||

    Jonah Leherer has a degree in neuroscience from Columbia why should he have to answer to some hack with a liberal arts degree from Massachusetts A and M?

  • WTF||

    Shorter Paul Tullis: It's okay when our side does it.

  • John||

    Lehrer is one of us, so it is okay.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    I know he isn't the boogey-man lefties make him out to be, but Bill O'Reilly still sucks. I'll tread very carefully on this one point, but do actual people really write those fan letters he reads at the end of his show?

  • John||

    Bill O'Reilly, whatever he is, is not right wing and not conservative. He is just a populist hack. I have never understood why people consider him a conservative.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Because, the talking points clearly show that anyone appearing on Fox News Channel is a right-wing, Tea Party, Conserva-nut, Kochtopus-Libertarian who worships Rush Limbaugh as a prophet and the Ron Paul NEWSLETTERS as holy writ. This goes double for Juan Williams.

  • John Thacker||

    Well, he's probably more of a right populist than a left populist. But certainly he has positions (e.g., gun control) that put him out of step with the conservative movement, much less his much greater deviations from libertarianism.

    But people like to throw all the people "on the other side" together. I try to avoid that; for example, there are many things I appreciate about the ACLU, or Sen. Wyden of Oregon, or about some of the more far left but civil liberties concerned left, and I try to distinguish them from most progressives.

    Of course, that civil liberties wing of the Democrats doesn't really have much power, but then again neither do the libertarians in the Republicans.

  • John||

    Wyden is one of the few Democrats I would ever vote for.

  • Crid||

    If we get Welch one of those little writer-caricature thingies, will it be the straw hat or the post-ironic rimmed eyeglasses?

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Both and the beard.

  • Crid||

    "The hardness of facts." - JL

  • Raymond Luxury Yach-t||

    one wonders why he sucked at science

  • Randian||

    It stuns me that people who are so drop-dead fucking lazy like Tullis get paid a decent sum to spew their illogical nonsense.

    This is Ezra Klein level hackery.

  • John||

    That is why the legacy media is dying. What is the point of reading this shit? They are too lazy to get the facts and would ignore any ones that didn't fit their narrative even if they were not. They are too dogmatic and close minded to say anything original or interesting. Why would anyone but a select group of lefties who want to feel good about themselves ever read any of the legacy media?

  • John||

    Fuck off Mary. Have you gone off your meds again? Are you going to get yourself banned again? Don't do it. Take the lithium or whatever they gave you and just live with the side effects. Don't go manic. It is not worth it.

  • ||

    Mary's level of projection is literally off the scale. It's almost unreal, it's so strong. You are an incredibly mentally ill person, Mary. I hope it causes you great pain.

  • ||

    If you can stand to give her the page views, go look at the comments to her youtube videos and see her talking to herself under a bunch of different usernames. DELICIOUS.

  • The Hammer||

    Can you post the links to her youtube videos? I never actually saw them

  • ||

    Look up "Kizone Kaprow" on Youtube.

  • SugarFree||

    Stop giving her attention. She's going to show up at some reason event and stab someone.

  • Randian||

    Cosmotarians don't have reason events in Texas, you silly goose.

  • John||

    Yeah but planes trains and automobiles go from Texas to Reason Headquarters in Washington every day. I wonder some days how long before Mary becomes legitimately dangerous.

  • Charlotte Corday||

    I wonder some days how long before Mary becomes legitimately dangerous.

    No, you don't. You just say that to make yourself seem like a victim, which is much worse than running away from a forum troll.

  • Killazontherun||

    Stop giving her attention. She's going to show up at some reason event and stab someone.

    Their own goddamned fault for being lazy on the preemptive strike.

  • Trespassers W||

    Stop giving her attention. She's going to show up at some reason event and stab someone.

    In all seriousness, I'm worried about this. And you and John in particular.

  • Randian||

  • John||

    Again, Mary, why do you do this to yourself? It always ends with all your handles being banned and you having to go get a new IP address.

  • The Hammer||

    This just looks strange with Mary's comments deleted...

  • NebulousFocus||

    Thanks. I thought I was going insane.

  • tarran||

    God Damn it John, *I'm* supposed to be your sock puppet. You promised me I'd be the only one!

    /Sob...

  • Randian||

    You always knew in your heart that he found me sexier and more appealing. You were always too thin, tarran.

  • tarran||

    I know when I'm beaten...

    Randian, let's be friends. You want to come over to my place for a ... banana?

  • Randian||

    Will there be any cigars or blunt short swords?

  • John||

    Sorry Tarran,

    Sometimes you are just not "in love" anymore.

  • Charlotte Corday||

    You promised me I'd be the only one!

    He said the same thing to me.

  • John||

    Oh Mary, you are so sad.

  • Charlotte Corday||

    Agreed, this Mary stuff is tired and needs to go.

  • John||

    Oh Mary, why do you do this to yourself?

  • BakedPenguin||

    Mary isn't a complete waste - she totally confirms libertarian beliefs. There are people out there as psychotic as she, and they wish to gain power, rule others, and stifle speech. This proves that power must be very limited.

    Thanks for proving us right, Mary! Now fuck off.

  • Fluffy||

    No, he's not, actually.

  • John||

    You are just my sock puppet Fluffy.

  • T||

    I wish we could nail down who's real and who's a sockpuppet. It's starting to affect my fragile self-esteem. I don't know if I'm real or someone's sockpuppet or a Chinese butterfly dreaming I'm a commenter.

  • ||

    I'm John. It's true.

  • Randian||

    "No, I'm Spartacus!"

    Fun fact from Wiki:

    During the filming of Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, actor Matthew Modine and other cast members would chant "I'm Spartacus!" to annoy the director, knowing that Kubrick didn't consider the film his own work, since the production was supervised by actor Kirk Douglas.

    The fact that people used to troll Stanley Kubrick makes my day.

  • John||

    That is a great story Randian. I always liked Modine.

  • ||

    I always liked Modine.

    ...Why?

  • John||

    I just think he is a good actor. I liked him in Gross Anatomy and Full Metal Jacket. He seems to have disappeared off of the face of the earth though.

  • John||

    You are my sock puppet T. I am your creator. But it could be worse, you could be one of Warty's sock puppets.

  • ||

    I am to my sock puppets as my sock puppets are to me.

  • John||

    Yeah Mary because if Randian were my sock puppet I would totally stop posting under the name. Yeah that makes sense. Or maybe Randian went off to do whatever it is he does to return later.

    You are so ill Mary. I really do feel bad for you sometimes. You are mean and nasty and obsessive. But I don't think you can help yourself.

  • BakedPenguin||

  • aelhues||

    Accept the true reality that you are just a figment of an evil demons dream!

  • John||

    I got run off the board Mary? Really? My posting here would say otherwise.

    You are just so sad and pathetic Mary.

  • Randian||

    IT MAKESES THE PUPPETS DANCE

  • The Hammer||

    Why would John's sockpuppet link to Banjo and Sloopy's blog?

  • T||

    I thought you had to have a masters degree to make the puppetses dance.

  • Randian||

    And a trust fund.

  • Spoonman.||

    "IT MAKESES THE PUPPETS DANCE"

    Are you channeling o3 through your caps lock key?

  • Randian||

    This is a common way of mocking Mary.

  • ||

    TOP. MEN.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The Leona Helmsley School of Journalism:

    Only little people pay taxes worry about facts."

  • SIV||

  • John||

    And they don't contradict Islamic or Hindu thought either. What a bunch of fucking horseshit.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    And they don't contradict Islamic or Hindu thought either. What a bunch of fucking horseshit.

    Eh...I wouldn't go that far. Both Hinduism and Islam argue for the existence of a singular "self", that is a "soul". Current research in neuroscience shows that our sense of a unified consciousness, our ego-identity, our "self" is an illusion. The mind is actually the composite effect of several neural systems working in tandem in them brain.

    Jus' sayin'

  • John||

    An illusion to whom or what? It is only an illusion if it is experienced or seen.

  • ||

    "Illusion, Michael. A trick is something a whore does for money...or candy!"

  • Fluffy||

    BOOM!

    "To whom or what" neatly destroys a lot of Humean nonsense like this.

    Nicely played.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    "You" don't experience a singular self-identity? Do you have damage to your proprioception?

  • Fluffy||

    No, dude.

    "The conscious self is an illusion" is a problematic statement because it would require a different conscious self to be experiencing the illusion.

    If there is no conscious self, there is nothing that can experience an illusion.

    It's the Proudhonistic fallacy applied to brain science.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Buddhism doesn't argue that there is no conscious "self" but against a singular (and eternal) self.

  • SIV||

    Current research in neuroscience

    lol

    That one never gets old!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Explain?

  • Randian||

    SIV's kick of the week is to claim that neuroscience isn't really science or whatever nativist, Know-Nothing claptrap he lurves to peddle.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    As a Buddhist, that Buddhist philosophy makes similar arguments about the mind and the mind-body relationship (specifically "bundle theory")as neuroscience does, neither adds to nor subtracts from my experience of it as a spiritual system that makes me a better person.

  • Fluffy||

    The problem with this article is that the anecdote he supplies to support his position actually supports the opposite position.

    The mind is actually the composite effect of several neural systems working in tandem in them brain.

    His anecdote subject lost part of his brain but his self returned.

    That means that his self actually did not require all of the different neural systems working in tandem after all.

    What does it require? Damned if I know.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    His anecdote subject lost part of his brain but his self returned.

    I can only answer as a Buddhist here, for I don't know what neuroscience says about this. But your statement is nonsensical to a Buddhist point-of-view as their is nothing permanent nor singular about the "self". How can something ever-changing return?

  • John||

    Here is the other question. If Lehrer made up the Dylan quotes, how many other things has he made up? Once you fall to the temptation to make things up, you will never stop doing it. What is so special about the Dylan quotes? The fact that Dylan probably said something similar makes this worse not better. It just shows that Lehrer was too lazy to go do the research and find the right quotes. It is very unlikely that that is the only thing Lehrer has been too lazy to get right.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    But Ann Coulter lied!

    SHE LIED JOHN. So it's ok.

  • SugarFree||

    That article is a textbook example of special pleading. Like, seriously, someone put that in a textbook.

  • ||

    The fact is that the reporter at Tablet who busted Lehrer; most of the bloggers who’ve recycled the Tablet article and make a living as parasites on the work of better reporters than themselves

    So wait...when your buddy is a parasite on Bob Dylan's work, it's OK, but when he gets busted for it, that's parasitism?

    I don't know what to say about these people any more. It's beyond any kind of satire.

  • John||

    They do real work Episiarch. You know, like making up quotes to fit their argument because they are too lazy to get the real ones.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    make a living as parasites on the work of better reporters than themselves

    It's like they have parked their taco carts on the sidewalk in front of Olive Garden!

  • T||

    Purveyor of ideas? Okay, here's my idea, and I'll provide it for free to the rest of the ideamongers: get your facts right.

    Also, maybe, just maybe, you shouldn't pick the guy who admitted making shit up as your cause celebre. Try the whole 'It's unfortunate, and I expected better of him, and he never did it when he was writing for us' approach instead of this sycophantic toadying.

  • John||

    And these assholes deserve to have the race card dropped on them. No one came to the defense of Jason Blair or Janet Cooke. But try to hold an upper class white boy accountable for plagiarism and that becomes a moral issue.

  • Tim||

    As Kirk put it in the episode Balance of Terror : "Fuck these Klingon bastards".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Deep breath, Fisty. Try to remain calm.

  • ||

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You're too beautiful to ignore. Too much woman.

  • Tim||

    "Live large and prosper"

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    Na noo, na noo!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Okay, in the episode "Balance of Terror" Star Trek viewers got their first glimpse of ROMULANS and not Klingons. Kirk said, "Fuck these Romulan bastards." And then he said, "They're almost as bad as dirty Klingons."

    Watch your ass.

  • Tim||

    I'd need a citation for that. You can't just go around spouting pseudo facts you know, this is the internet.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Where we're going, we don't need Facts, Marty.

  • T||

    NERRRDS!

  • Ken Shultz||

    Bill O'Reilly knowingly (and probably unknowingly, too) purvey falsehoods every day and they don't lose their jobs, and their books (of much lower quality, and higher degree of falsehood, than Lehrer's "Imagine," in nearly all instances) stay on the shelves. Books by Dinesh D'Souza and Ann Coulter have been full of demonstrable falsehoods for years, and what do these authors get?

    Far be it from me to defend Baba O'riley or Ann Coulter, but have either of them ever tried to pass themselves off as science writers?

  • Fluffy||

    If it could be demonstrated that O'Reilly had made up a bunch of quotes in a book and then made up a story about how he got those quotes, he would be crucified.

    I hate O'Reilly, but having stupid opinions is not the same as making up research and then making up a research provenance.

  • John||

    Same with Coulter. If she ever wrote in her book "Alex Baldwin said 'Hollywood's single purpose is to advance the liberal cause'" and that was proven to be fabricated, her publisher would drop her in a heart beat.

  • ||

    Yes, this.

  • John||

    That is a common bit of sophistry the media uses when they are caught with their ass showing. They point to admitted polemicists from the other side to justify the polemics they write under the guise of objective journalism.

  • ||

    The "logic" revolves around the false equivalence argument that the left is especially fond of using, ie, the US gets into stupid wars therefore it is morally equivalent to North Korea, blah blah blah.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think Step 3 is by far the most egregious.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    I had a whole post of snarky comments lined up, then I saw Paul Tullis' reply to comments on his article and thought "this is worse."

    ptullis
    I acknowledged my connection to Jonah in the first line of the piece, and that my analysis might be colored by my personal investment in the outcome.

    ptullis
    And anonymously calling someone a "putz" in public is good ethics? And where did I say that what Jonah did is good ethics?

    ptullis
    Moynihan did do a great job! But you hurt my feelings calling me a putz. Do people call you names when you do your job? Bet not.

    ptullis
    I called the bloggers who recycled his reporting parasites, not Moynihan.

    ptullis
    I didn't say it was OK! I said it was an understandable and forgivable mistake in light of what else we tolerate. Jonah should not have made the mistakes, and he should not have lied about them. I just don't think he should have his life ruined because of them.
  • John||

    If it is bad ethics but 'forgivable' just what if any should the consequences be in his view?

    His comments seem to be a polite way of saying "fuck you that is why".

  • AuH2O||

    I will say one thing: I do agree with the life-ruining thing.

    We, as a society, seem to have gone a little crazy on the whole "Plagiarism is the worse crime ever!" thing.

    Put it this way: Academia and the world of publishing consider pedophilia more acceptable than plagiarism.

  • John||

    It should mean he can't write books anymore. You can't trust him. As I said above, it is very unlikely this is the only thing he lied about. His life shouldn't be ruined. He shouldn't go to jail. He should just go find another profession.

  • AuH2O||

    Yeah, I agreed. And making shit up is much worse plagiarism than fucking up citing sources... but still, I just can't quite go along and get along with a culture where a politician or professor would get in less trouble for having an affair with an intern or student than for plagiarism.

  • Fluffy||

    I just can't quite go along and get along with a culture where a politician or professor would get in less trouble for having an affair with an intern or student than for plagiarism.

    Um, what?

    You obviously should get in much more trouble as a writer for the former than for the latter.

    Making stuff up calls your entire work into question. Shtupping a coed doesn't. If some epidemiologist somewhere bangs every grad student in the country, I wouldn't give a damn. If he makes up statistics in a paper, I would.

  • Fluffy||

    Sorry, I switched former and latter. My bad.

  • Lost_In_Translation||

    Unless your research was in how to avoid schtupping a coed, your failure in that regard would be a knock to your theories...

  • Randian||

    It isn't plagiarism, though, Goldwater.

    I actually don't mind plagiarism all that much. What I mind is that Lehrer had a thesis ("this is how creativity works", or whatever) and manufactured "evidence" to support it. That's just lazy lying.

  • Lost_In_Translation||

    i think he should just have all his books reclassified to fiction and keep publishing what he wants, :)

  • ||

    This

  • ||

    Jonah should not have made the mistakes, and he should not have lied about them.

    Mistakes? How about, Jonah shouldn't have lied, then repeatedly lied about his lies.

  • Lost_In_Translation||

    Its usually the 3rd layer lie that gets you though. He should have been good for one more round.

  • ||

    Speaking of appropriating other peoples material, I've just been reading Bill Bryson's book on Shakespeare. I knew that Shakespeare took all his plots from others but I didn't know that he would even appropriate whole passages of writing. All pretty common in those days before much in the way of IP.

  • John||

    I like that book a lot. The last chapter is a thorough debunking of the whole "Shakespeare didn't really write Shakespeare" BS.

  • ||

    Didn't get that far yet--at about the time of his death. I actually feel a little embarrassed reading Bryson's researchy stuff like this (as opposed to his travel writing) because he can play a bit fast and loose with the facts. I'm no expert on linguistics but I spotted some errors or canards in his book on English. Still, a lot of great stuff and a very easy, entertaining read.

  • John||

    Yeah. His "brief history of everything" is a bit fast and loose as well". I am a total pop science nerd and there were a lot of things he put in that book that were true but kind of half of the story.

    He is such an entertaining writer though, it is still worth reading.

  • ||

    Yes, if I want carefully researched stuff there's plenty of that around that requires more effort to get through. But I always take him with a grain of salt, even his travel writing, I'm pretty sure all travel writers exaggerate for the sake of entertainment.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Lehrer has become less a journalist and more of a purveyor of ideas. He's much higher on the media totem pole than [Jayson] Blair or [Stephen] Glass ever were, and he can come back as an author of books, public speaker, TV commentator,

    He'll fit right in on Morning Joke.

  • Jerry on the road||

    Is it just me or are these people just playing language games with their writings. They write but don't have meaning.

  • AuH2O||

    Guys, we have a level 3, I repeat a level 3. Mary is off her meds again.

    Anyone who replies to her, please make your way to the nearest decontamination chamber. The rest of you... ladies and gentlemen, we have trained for this day.

    Kill it with fire, and scorch every trace away from the earth.

  • John||

    She only lasted about a week this time. I knew she would come back. But I didn't think it would be this soon.

    Now where the hell is Randian? Doesn't he know he is my sock puppet? Can I not even control my sock puppets anymore?

  • tarran||

    He's dead John. It took two pillows, a knife and six bananas (dude just wouldn't die) but I finally got rid of him.

    If I can't be your only sock-puppet, nobody can.

  • John||

    Well, at least you didn't boil any bunnies. You did what you had to do I guess.

  • Spoonman.||

    I love this site so much.

  • Randian||

    This is some Single White Female level shit right here.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    -1 (person)

  • T||

    Nope. We're past that now, John.

  • Fluffy||

    I think the "purveyor of ideas" line is the heart of the matter here.

    Some people see the function of guys like Lehrer as "make up stuff to provocatively make people think" - and if you are doing "cutting-edge writing" that generates a lot of heat and light, you're doing your job, and shouldn't have to be bothered with little things like actually using the facts.

  • John||

    The function of people like Lehrer and sadly most other public intellectuals is to tell other intellectuals things they want to hear and that confirm their prejudices.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    ^this exactly^

    "But his work is so IMPORTANT and we NEED people..."

    "Fuck off and hold on right there - no, lying, makin' shit up, plagiarism are NEVER OK. Period. It's called "principles" - you might wanna get some, although I won't hold my breath."

  • 35N4P2BYY||

    Honest questions: Did I miss something, is there a reason that I should care that some schmuck made up some Dylan quotes?

    I took a look at the wikipedia page on him, what is it about his writing that makes the NYT love him and the New Republic hate him?

    Other than being a douchey hipster with a punchable James Franco lookin' face, what is his sin?

  • 35N4P2BYY||

    Scratch James Franco, more like a Topher Grace lookin' face, which is far far more douchey and therefore more punchable.

  • Rob Ives||

    Thank you Matt Welch. Apologists everywhere should fear you.

  • John||

    I am off to do some real work. I trust my various sock puppets will be upholding the standard in my absence.

  • John||

    Yeah Mary because as fun as indulging your insanity is, at some point it stops being fun and just gets mean and exploitative. Go have fun with all of my sock puppets you freak.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    PWNED - his scokpuppet gotcha! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • John||

    Wow. looks like Mary got herself banned and deleted again.

  • T||

    Nah, I'm gonna create my own sock puppets to try and conquer the world. I figure creating minions out of my deranged bits has got to be cheaper than hiring them.

  • johnl||

    Bob Dylan said it first and it's worth repeating that Matt Welch can lay down a hell of a rant.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    Sockpuppetry in the H 'and per se and' R.

    Probably a fake from The Facebook!!!1!!1!

    Also, fried chicken.

    But not CHICK FILLED WITH RACIST SEXIST HOMOPHOBIC A--HOLES, amirite?!

  • Numeromancer||

    I just realized this is the same guy whose article I poked fun at on Hacker News a few weeks ago.

    The article was on some quack psychologist “research”, wherein a psycho. accosts some innocent bystander with a barely tricky math word problem, the victim throws out the first thing that comes to his mind, it's wrong,and the psycho. then claims that this somehow shows deep insight into the workings of the human brain. It was full of idiotic pronouncements, based on the “research”, about how “we” think, and how “our brains” work.

    To give a note to show the timbre of it, the subtitle was “research shows that the smarter people are, the more susceptible they are to cognitive bias.” He shows no skepticism whatsoever of this claim, which is necessarily false for almost anybody's definition of “smart”.

    What I've read of his other stuff is in the same vein. Even if he were honest, he would still be a hack.

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