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How I Became a Big New York Writer!

I know, reading the title of this piece, anybody who has seen me snickers, “Not a paunchy old baldy like you!” But I have greater drawbacks to becoming a New York media darling than those flaws, as follows: I...

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Deconstructing Fareed Zakaria’s Apology

Here is the statement published at its Web site by Time magazine writer, Washington Post columnist, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, concerning an article Zakaria wrote for the August 20th issue of the magazine about gun control, and the magazine’s editorial...

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Addiction and Immortality: Bolt Chooses Addiction

I knew a woman who was preoccupied with death from her first consciousness.  An extremely gifted person—in attractiveness, intellectually, athletically, and artistically—she responded to her distress by seeking refuge in drugs and alcohol, which harmed her in all of these areas (although she returned...

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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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