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Materialist science writer resigns due to making up Dylan quotes

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In “Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book” (New York Times, July 30, 2012), Julie Bosnan reports,

Jonah Lehrer, the staff writer for The New Yorker who apologized in June for recycling his previous work in articles, blogs and his best-selling book “Imagine,” resigned from the magazine, he said in a statement.

Mr. Lehrer faced new questions about his work on Monday in an article in the online magazine Tablet that reported that he had admitted to fabricating quotes attributed to Bob Dylan in “Imagine,” a nonfiction book published in March by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Many people still don’t “get” what it means to say that in a Darwinian universe, ethics is an illusion.

We creationist rubes who don’t like being ripped off just haven’t caught up yet. Or maybe …

See also: Darwinism today: Guy who spins the public’s doubts about Darwin accused of ripping off publishers

Hat tip: Stephanie West Allan at Brains on Purpose

11 Replies to “Materialist science writer resigns due to making up Dylan quotes

  1. 1
    Joe says:

    Yeah but in a parallel universe Dylan did say those things…


  2. 2
    Mapou says:

    Yeah but in a parallel universe Dylan did say those things…


  3. 3
    RkBall says:

    And in another parallel universe fabricating quotes is a virtue.

  4. 4
    Joe says:

    In this universe fabricating parallel or multiple universes seems to be a virtue

  5. 5
    Joe says:

    If you fabricate a Dylan quote do you do it in a nasal voice?

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    velikovskys says:

    Materialist writer exposes male writer making up quotes. . Therefore materialists have ethics but men do not

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    RkBall says:

    In yet another universe fabricating quotes is considered a virtue but virtues are considered evil. However, evil is considered good, so…

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    Genomicus says:

    We creationist rubes who don’t like being ripped off just haven’t caught up yet.

    Creationist? I thought this was supposed to be an intelligent design blog.

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    bornagain77 says:


    Non-Local (spooky action at a distance) quantum entanglement is possible without the physical interaction of the particles first:

    Qubits that never interact could exhibit past-future entanglement – July 30, 2012
    Excerpt: Typically, for two particles to become entangled, they must first physically interact. Then when the particles are physically separated and still share the same quantum state, they are considered to be entangled. But in a new study, physicists have investigated a new twist on entanglement in which two qubits become entangled with each other even though they never physically interact.,,,
    In the current study, the physicists have proposed an experiment based on circuit quantum electrodynamics (QED) that is fully within reach of current technologies. They describe a set-up that involves a pair of superconducting qubits, P and F, with qubit P connected to a quantum field vacuum by a transmission line. During the first time interval, which the scientists call the past, P interacts with the field. Then P is quickly decoupled from the field for the second time interval. Finally, F is coupled to the field for a time interval called the future. Even though P and F never interact with the field at the same time or with each other at all, F’s interactions with the field cause it to become entangled with P. The physicists call this correlation “past-future entanglement.”

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    News says:

    Genomicus, we should have put the coffee cup logo in just for you.

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    News says:

    Velikovskys, we think Lehrer got carried away by his wunderkind status. He may yet grow up.

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