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Jonah Lehrer Apologizes For Recycling Work; New Yorker Says It Won't Happen Again

Jonah Lehrer

First Posted: 06/20/2012 5:29 pm Updated: 06/20/2012 5:32 pm

The science writer Jonah Lehrer, author of the runaway bestseller "Imagine: How Creativity Works," has become the latest high-profile journalist to be caught up in a plagiarism scandal, with a counterintuitive twist that could come right out of his own books: The journalist he has been accused of borrowing from is himself.
Mr. Lehrer's troubles began on Tuesday morning, when the media blogger Jim Romenesko noted that a June 12 post on The Frontal Cortex, Mr. Lehrer's blog for The New Yorker, titled "Why Smart People Are Stupid," included material recycled from a post he had written last October for The Wall Street Journal.

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Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |