UPDATE: A more recent statement regarding Jonah Lehrer can be found here.
Recently, our friend and contributor Jonah Lehrer has come under fire for what some have called "self plagiarism."
The notion that Jonah is a "plagiarist" is beyond ridiculous. And the way in which some journalists are jumping up and down, claiming he's no longer a "writer" but an "idea man" or an example of "male arrogance"...that's just plain ugly. There are some useful conversations that can come from this, namely, what does it mean to be a print journalist in the 21st century? What are the rules? I'll let the print journalists have that conversation.
What I personally hope doesn't get lost in all the hand waving is Jonah Lehrer's body of work. He's one of the most stunningly original voices I've ever encountered. I knew it the moment I first read Proust Was A Neuroscientist. That's why we've had Jonah on the show 17 times, by my count. And that's why we will have him on again, and again, because he explores and explains with the best of them. And we like to work with the best.
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