I was a big fan of the NPR show Radio Lab in high school. Jonah Lehrer, author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist, How We Decide, and Imagine (withdrawn), was a frequent guest commentator, and helped inspire my interest in science. Recent events — regarding accusations of plagiarism, quote fabrication, and recycling of works by Lehrer, and his own personal response — have made me start to question the ideas that he shared. In talking about science, one might be tempted to smudge the truth to make it easier for others to connect with an idea, but getting the public excited about science should never come at the cost of misrepresenting the implications and limitations of research. After all, a common purpose of journalism and science is to gain and share clearer knowledge of what the world really is.




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