Thursday, July 7, 2016

"A high-priced speaker on the guru rental market"

Now that's a phrase that deserves wider use.

Writing in the New York Times, Jennifer Senior takes down Jonah Lehrer's comeback attempt.  A sample:

In retrospect — and I am hardly the first person to point this out — the vote to excommunicate Mr. Lehrer was as much about the product he was peddling as the professional transgressions he was committing. It was a referendum on a certain genre of canned, cocktail-party social science, one that traffics in bespoke platitudes for the middlebrow and rehearses the same studies without saying something new.

Apparently, he’s learned nothing. This book is a series of duckpin arguments, just waiting to be knocked down. Perhaps the flimsiest: that Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed teenagers have come to define our understanding of love.

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