Jonah Richard Lehrer (born June 25, 1981) is an American writer and blogger. Lehrer studied neuroscience at Columbia University and was a Rhodes Scholar. Thereafter, he constructed a media profession that built-in science and humanities content material to deal with broad points of human behaviour. Between 2007 and 2012 Lehrer printed three non-fiction books that grew to become best-sellers, and in addition wrote often for The New Yorker and Wired.com.
Lehrer is the writer of three best-selling books: Proust Was a Neuroscientist (2007), How We Decide (2009), and Imagine: How Creativity Works (2012). The latter two books have been withdrawn from the market by their publishers after “inner evaluation uncovered important issues” with the books. These and different work by Lehrer have been characterised as having misused quotes and info, plagiarized press releases and authored work, and to have in any other case recycled earlier printed work. These acts and the method of uncovering them are recounted in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
Lehrer resigned from The New Yorker on July 30, 2012, after accusations of fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in Imagine surfaced. On August 31, 2012, Wired.com‘s editor-in-chief, Evan Hansen, stating Lehrer’s “failure to satisfy … editorial requirements”, severed the connection between that venue and the author.
Lehrer was a contributing editor for a wide range of publications, together with Scientific American Mind (2009-2012) and Radiolab (2007-2012, 38 episodes).
Lehrer has written for The New Yorker (July 2008-March 2012; workers author June 2012), Wired (July 2010-June 2012) Scientific American Mind (June 2008-July 2009), Grantland, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, in addition to the journal Nature, and Seed journal.
While at Columbia, Lehrer additionally contributed to the Columbia Review, and was its editor for 2 years. He tied for second place for the Dean Hawkes Memorial Prize within the Humanities. Lehrer was a 2003 Rhodes Scholarship recipient, supporting his research at Wolfson College at Oxford University; whereas he’s reported to have deliberate to review “philosophy, physiology and psychology”, he’s additional reported to have as a substitute studied twentieth century literature and philosophy.[better source needed]
Lehrer majored in neuroscience at Columbia University. While an undergraduate, he labored within the laboratory of Eric Kandel, “analyzing the organic technique of reminiscence and what occurs within the mind on a molecular stage when an individual remembers or forgets data”. He seems on one printed paper from that laboratory, as fourth of eight authors on a major report in a three-laboratory collaborative genetics research characterizing homologs of the human DYRK1A gene from mannequin organism C. elegans, a gene believed to “play a major position within the neuropathology of Down syndrome”.
Lehrer graduated from North Hollywood High School. When he was 15, he gained $1,000 in an essay contest run by NASDAQ. In 2000, he labored as a line chef on the Midtown Manhattan eating places Le Cirque and Le Bernardin.
Jonah Richard Lehrer was born on June 25, 1981, within the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. His mom, Ariella (born Jean Hively), a developer of instructional software program, transformed to Judaism to marry his father, David Lehrer, a civil rights lawyer.
Starting in 2012, Lehrer was found to have routinely recycled his earlier work, plagiarised extensively from colleagues, and fabricated or misused quotations and info. Scrutiny started when freelance journalist Michael Moynihan recognized a number of fabrications in Lehrer’s third guide, Imagine: How Creativity Works (2012), together with six quotations attributed to musician Bob Dylan. Imagine and Lehrer’s earlier guide How We Decide (2009) have been recalled after a writer’s inner evaluation discovered important issues in that materials. He was additionally fired from The New Yorker and Wired. In 2016, Lehrer printed A Book About Love, to adverse evaluations.