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Jonah Lehrer apologizes for copying his own work

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Bestselling author Jonah Lehrer — who yesterday was discovered recycling his own content in pieces for the New Yorker and Wired — has apologized via the New York Times.

“It was a stupid thing to do and incredibly lazy and absolutely wrong,” he said.

Today blogger Edward Champion of Reluctant Habits found that Lehrer had also recycled his own previous material for use in his bestselling book “Imagine.” Lehrer’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, said in a statement:

Lehrer fully acknowledges that ‘Imagine’ draws upon work he has published in shorter form during the past several years and is sorry that was not made clear. He owns the rights to the relevant articles, so no permission was needed. He will add language to the acknowledgments noting his prior work.

Lehrer’s editor at the New Yorker, Nicholas Thompson, told Jacob Silverman at the Daily Beast, “He understands he made a serious mistake. He understands the rules. It’s definitely not going to happen again.”

One Response to “Jonah Lehrer apologizes for copying his own work”

  1. Alan Cooper

    It was his own material that he recycled? And no one reading here ever recycled paragraphs in a college essay? Well, let those without sin cast the first stones.