Jonah Lehrer, design problem.

12Feb13

OK I know. But just real quick. Because what if this were about what you could do, not about what he did (“to” you or whatever)?  

Step 0: consider outcomes.

What do you want to do, make better, go towards, get, give, all of the above? What does “what Jonah did” (and how it makes you feel) clarify about that? Anything? Great! Go do that. Or keep doing it. 

One thing’s for sure: You can’t make him do or undo anything. That outcome is unavailable. So what does “what he did” matter, except as information you can use (or not use; maybe it’s not relevant) to help you do your own thing?

 

 

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2 Responses to “Jonah Lehrer, design problem.”

  1. Greetings! I’ve been following your website for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

  2. I believe Jonah is a bright and well read guy. And I have read a lot of his articles and his latest book Imagine. And I agree with many of the things he said in that book. I learned quite a lot from it as well. Do I care that he recycled his old articles? Nope. Do I care that he made up quotes, even if those made up quotes made sense and made me think and learn? Nope. Jonah was definitely unethical, but that doesn’t mean he had no qualifications, he is still a brilliant guy. He could start a blog with a pseudonym and become famous and made money through writing again.

    Rachel is viewing the world in terms of scarcity, making it seem that Jonah took away her opportunity to write for Wired or the New Yorker. In these days and age, if you are good and engaging you can be heard, you don’t need big brands backing you up.

    Jonah is too young to give up, he’ll keep succeeding since he has been born with a drive and purpose.



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