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The Real Trouble with Jonah Lehrer

He's apologized for intellectual dishonesty. But not for intellectual laziness.

Journalists love to bust one another for quantifiable crimes like plagiarism. But they have a much harder time dealing with intangible questions like whether a piece of work is any good. Jonah Lehrer's apology tour—long on analyses of his plagiarism, short on discussion of his mediocrity—is a pretty good case in point.

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