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How Our Leading Science Journals Perpetuate a Model of Addiction Already, Repeatedly Shown to be Ungrounded, Baseless, and Harmful in Its Effects

Jonah Lehrer’s imaginative, stylized, baseless view of neuroscience and its relationship to creativity and other cognitive functions was welcomed in seminal science blogs for Wired and The New Yorker, but also at the world’s leading scientific journal, Nature, because it corresponds with their...

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How Jonah Lehrer Was Able to Perpetrate Fraud in the Current Intellectual Climate

Jonah Lehrer, the best-selling author who specialized in reducing artistic endeavors to neurological events, was an important science writer for Wired and The New Yorker, as well as contributing to such leading publications as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine. This matters because...

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The Good News and the Bad in Drug Policy Reform

Here are the two best things occurring in drug policy reform, along with the two worst: BEST 1. Latin America is throwing off the yoke of American drug repression. Latin cultures don’t view — and traditionally use — drugs and...

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What’s Really Wrong with Jonah Lehrer — and Us

Jonah Lehrer is the New Yorker writer and author of the best-seller Imagine: How Creativity Works, sale of which has been suspended by its publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, because Lehrer made up many of the Bob Dylan quotes used in the book....

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I Disagree With the Mantra ‘Ignore the Killer’

Like everyone else, I listen with deep sadness to the descriptions of and tributes to the people whose lives were senselessly snuffed out by a — by a what — madman? Angry isolate? Psychopath? Exploiter of lax gun laws?...

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You Can’t Judge a Daughter by Looking at the Mother

Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon — Huma Abedin (I mean, Michele Bachmann) needs you Huma Abedin (hey, that’s not an American name!) is a Muslim-American aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Prior to having a position at State, Abedin served as...

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Have You Heard the Joke? If You’re Poor, You’re Gonna Die

American health policy is to allow some people to die—guess who? It’s funny that the very people who worry about “death panels”—which means essentially that the government will supervise the kinds of care provided and reimbursed based on the most effective...

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Shakespeare in the Freeh Report

“Rustics” are those simpletons in Shakespeare’s plays who provide humorous relief. At the same time, their lack of sophistication allows them to utter the straight truth that other characters dance around. “Rude mechanicals” are louts and oafs who blunder...

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Did the NIH Fund the Aurora Killer?

Has the NIH caused more misery than it solves? Investigators have wondered how the Aurora shooter, James Holmes, was able to afford the 6,000 rounds of ammunition he purchased online, along with four guns (including a semi-automatic rifle) he...

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The Penn State Penalties Are Justified

The penalties imposed by the NCAA on Penn State effectively end the university’s tenure as a major football power (as well as removing Joe Paterno from the top of the list of collegiate coaching victories). The pundits’ opinions I...

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