1. Mea Culpa

    Jonah Lehrer Paid $20k To Speak

    NEW YORK, NY - May 29:  Science writer and contributer to Radio Lab, Jonah Lehrer attends the "You and Your Irrational Brain" panel discussion at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City in conjunction with the World Science Festival on May 29, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for World Science Festival) *** Local Caption *** Jonah Lehrer

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    "Plagiarism Pays," The New York Times' headline reads. Jonah Lehrer, the dismissed New Yorker writer caught fabricating quotes and self-plagiarizing, gave a talk Tuesday during a seminar hosted by the Knight Foundation in Miami. For a while, it seemed as if he might have pulled off a sort-of apology. But then Poynter reported that Lehrer was paid $20,000 for the speech. Outrage ensued. Last summer, the once-popular science writer was caught by reporter Michael Moynihan (now with The Daily Beast) making up Bob Dylan quotes in his book Imagine, which was subsequently disowned by publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In the speech, Lehrer blamed his deceptions on "arrogance," and "an ability to explain my carelessness away." But he also said that he isn't ashamed of those flaws, which are "fundamental to me." Still, he is hoping to return to journalism. "What I clearly need is a new set of rules, a stricter set of standard operating procedures." You mean the rule "don't make stuff up" wasn't enough?

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