From Performance Menu editor Yael Grauer:
In the May 2012 issue of the Performance Menu (issue #88), we published a piece titled Where Creativity and Sport Intersect: A Conversation With Jonah Lehrer.
Since the piece was published, Lehrer has admitted
in a statement that some of the quotations in his book, ‘Imagine,’ “either did not exist, were unintentional misquotations, or represented improper combinations of previously existing quotes.” He has since resigned his position as a staff writer at the New Yorker, and his book has been pulled off the shelves, with his publisher offering refunds
through the end of the year.
The interview we published was stringently fact-checked, and all studies referenced were cited in the footnotes. And in spite of these recent developments, it is my belief that the piece continues to provide important insights into an ongoing discussion in our community on finding a balance between longevity and elite athletic performance, among other things.
In a critical review in the New York Times
, science writer Christopher Chabris wrote, “The best way to think about ‘Imagine’ is as a collection of interesting stories and studies to ponder and research further. Use it as a source of inspiration, but make your own careful choices about whether to believe what it says about the science of creativity.” After a response by Lehrer and rebuttal by Chabris, Lehrer actually completed an enlightening interview of Chabris
on the Creativity Post, which delves into some ongoing issues in popular science writing.