David Remnick: It's 'fake science' to claim Malcolm Gladwell led to Jonah Lehrer

In a conversation with New Republic writer Isaac Chotiner, New Yorker Editor David Remnick said "the idea that what brought Jonah down was faked Dylan quotes is an irony. But it wasn’t in our magazine." Chotiner asks about "the pop science that you publish."

To make the leap that somehow what Malcolm [Gladwell] does leads directly to the ultimately sad story with Jonah Lehrer is itself fake science. The fact that Malcolm is a terrific storyteller and is willing to do this thing that no one else was doing—you may not like it, but there is nothing in my mind fake about it. I find it at its best thrilling. And when he started doing this no one else was. I think Malcolm is an original.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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